Domestic abuse/violence is a pattern of controlling behavior which can be coercive and threatening that is used by one person over another within a close/intimate relationship.
It exists across all social classes, in all countries and there is not a particular type of person it happens to. Abuse can begin at any time — at the beginning of a relationship or after many years together.
There are four main categories of abuse:
Emotional abuse, which includes gaslighting, coercive control and digital abuse
Each woman’s experience is individual. We recognize that most women who are abused will experience one or more forms of abuse. Some forms of abuse can be hard to define but if you are anxious or frightened when you are with your partner, then that relationship is not healthy
Underpinning domestic abuse is the abuser’s need for power and control over their partner.
We value all the help and support that we receive from organisations and individuals, and your financial support, whatever the amount, will help us to help those suffering domestic abuse. We all believe that violence against women is unacceptable.
Freephone helpline: 1800 203 136