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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse, also known as domestic violence, is defined by the UK Government as:

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.”

This means domestic abuse can involve older teenage children and parents, siblings over 16, and step-parents or step-siblings over 16 as well as partners.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence);
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse;
  • Physical abuse;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Financial abuse;
  • Harassment;
  • Stalking;
  • Online or digital abuse

(Women’s Aid)

Although women are more likely to be victims of domestic abuse, it affects men and women and both men and women can be perpetrators.  2 women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner (Office of National Statistics, 2015) – that’s 1 woman killed every 3 days, according to Refuge.  The Crime Survey of England and Wales 2013-14 shows that, in that 12 month period, there were an estimated 1.4 million female victims and 700,000 male victims of domestic abuse, although the actual figure is likely to be much larger due to under-reporting of incidents (CSEW 2013-14).

Getting Help

If you think you or someone you know is suffering domestic abuse, or if you are concerned that you might be abusing your partner and want to stop, there is help available.  Southend has several local services you can access and there are also national organisations which can help, whether you are male or female.

Click here to view all the domestic abuse support services and information on SHIP