Domestic violence is the systematic pattern of behaviour on the part of the abuser designed to control his partner. This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.
The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual. Anyone forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner’s reaction is being abused. It can begin at any stage of the relationship. Domestic violence is rarely a one-off. Incidents generally become more frequent and severe over time.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. Whilst domestic violence happens in all relationships (heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), statistics show the vast majority of domestic violence incidents are carried out by men and experienced by women.
Domestic violence is a crime. We all have a role to play in bringing domestic violence to an end.
STOP PRESS: 25 Nov. 2019: Police figures show they have received almost 750,000 reports of domestic abuse in th, the highest since they began collecting the last year
References: Crown Prosecution Service : https://www.cps.gov.uk/domestic-abuse
The forms that coercive control takes can be seen on the Women’s Aid website: www.womensaid.org.uk