What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. But it isn’t just physical violence – domestic abuse includes emotional, physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse. Abusive behaviour can occur in any relationship.

Anyone can experience domestic abuse regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class, or disability.

It can include, but is not limited to:

  • Coercive control (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
  • Online or digital abuse
  • Stalking
 Whether you’re a victim of domestic abuse, or if you recognise that you are an abuser, if you are ready to talk, we are here to listen.

Arch domestic abuse enquiry line
01782 222421
(8.30am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday)

National 24 hour domestic violence helpline
0808 2000 247