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Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse?

The types of domestic abuse are:

  • Physical abuse (domestic violence)
  • Verbal or nonverbal abuse (psychological abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stalking or cyberstalking
  • Economic abuse or financial abuse
  • Spiritual abuse

The new HOME OFFICE definition of domestic violence and abuse now states (as from 1st April 2013):
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or 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 can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called honour based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Elderly and Disabled Abuse

What about people who are elderly? Do disabled people experience or perpetrate domestic abuse?

Both people who are elderly and disabled experience Domestic Abuse. In some cases a disabled person can perpetrate Domestic Abuse.

Forced Marriages

Evidence shows that Honour Based Violence & Forced Marriage mostly occur within South Asian, Turkish, Kurdish and Afro-Caribbean Communities. There are several high profile cases of occurrences in the UK and a number of agencies have been set up to help victims. Most workers in womens refuges report that the majority of people who use their services to escape a forced marriage are Pakistani.

Legal Remedies and Procedures

There are several legal remedies that can be used to prosecute a perpetrator, keep someone away from you and to protect your property and children. Please see the links below for free confidential legal advice.

Abuse in Lesbian, Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender Relationships

Domestic abuse can happen in any relationship and LGBT relationships are no exception. While very little research has been done on the issue, and many people have estimates ( you may often see the 1 in 4 statistic), we dont really know. The important issue is to be prepared to support victims in same sex relationships in the same way as heterosexual relationships.

Male Victims

The 2007/2008 British Crime Survey found that 15% of victims were men and 85% were women. We do not know how accurate these figures are as men are very reluctant to report Domestic Abuse for many reasons.

South Wales Police Public Protection Unit

DI David Rees, DS Clive Bevan, PC Emma Dawkins and PC Laura Greaves can all be contacted at Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan Public Protection Unit on 01656 305821

The Dyn Project

The Dyn Wales helpline is available on 0808 801 0321 provides support and safety planning for men in Wales who experience domestic abuse.

Young Peoples information Service

We are the Young Peoples information service from U-

Our ultimate goal is to stop dating abuse before it starts.

Broken Rainbow

Broken Rainbow (registered charity funded by the Home Office) is the UKs only National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline providing confidential support to all members of the LGBT community, their family and friends, and agencies supporting them. The helpline service is run by trained LGBT people who have an understanding of your sexual identity issues along with the impact domestic violence can have on your life.

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