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Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity.

Domestic abuse is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it.

Domestic abuse is a crime.

Physical abuse

This includes hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, misuse of medication, restraint, or inappropriate sanctions.

Sexual abuse

This includes rape and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the vulnerable adult has not consented.

Emotional/psychological abuse

This includes emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, isolation or withdrawal from services or supportive networks.

Financial abuse

This includes theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills property or inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.

Neglect/Acts of omission

This includes ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition, and heating, poor quality living environments.

Discriminatory abuse

This includes abuse based on a person’s race, sex, disability, faith, sexual orientation, or age; other forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment or hate crime/hate incident.

Forced marriage

A marriage without the consent of one or both parties and where duress is a factor.

Online and digital abuse

This can include behaviours such as monitoring of social media profiles or emails, abuse over social media such as Facebook or Twitter, sharing intimate photos or videos without your consent, using GPS locators or spyware.

Experiencing domestic abuse?


In an emergency please call the police on 999

National Domestic Violence helpline: Freephone 0808 2000 247
A national helpline which is available every day of the year.

  • Is your partner jealous and possessive?
  • Are they charming one minute and abusive the next?
  • Do they tell you what to wear, where to go, who to see?
  • Do they constantly put you down?
  • Do they  play mind games and make you doubt your judgment?
  • Do they control your money, or make sure you are dependent on him for everyday things?
  • Are you pressured to have sex when you don’t want to?
  • Are you starting to walk on eggshells to avoid making them angry?
  • Do they control your access to medicine, devices or care that you need?
  • Do they monitor or track your movements or messages?
  • Do they use anger and intimidation to frighten and control you?

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

West Mercia Women’s Aid

Karma Nirvana (Honour based abuse)


LGBTQ+ Helpline  GALOP Tel 0800 9995 428

Men’s Helpline Tel 0808 8010 327 

National Domestic Violence helpline: Freephone 0808 2000 247
A national helpline which is available every day of the year.