Domestic abuse is a crime in which the abuser seeks power and control over their victim and can affect women, men and children.
It includes any threatening or controlling behaviour such as psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse and can range from:
- Being forced to do things (being pressured)
- Being frightened to say 'no'
- Being frightened to say what you think
- Feeling that you are 'walking on eggshells' all the time
- Being watched and checked up on
- Having your freedom unreasonably restricted
- Being stopped from seeing your family and friends
- Being made to feel small
- Forced marriage
- Violence, including ‘honour-based’ violence
- Sexual abuse
- Threats to you, your family, your pets or your possessions
- Being made to feel too tired, too depressed, and too frightened to fight back or leave
- Destructive criticism
- Disrespect and breaking trust.
It can affect anybody, regardless of gender, age, race, sexuality or social background. It is not acceptable in any circumstance.