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Domestic abuse how it impacts on families


The definition of Domestic Abuse

“A statutory definition of domestic abuse will help to do this, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical or sexual violence, but can also be emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic abuse”.

Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Safeguarding


Domestic abuse the facts


Many people still believe that domestic abuse is violence and control, when in fact it is a multitude of behaviours that dis-enable the non-abusive partner. For many survivors of domestic abuse the emotional / psychological abuse has the most long term effect on them. Domestic abuse does not just happen with adults, it can happen with young people, same sex couples and elderly couples. Did you know that domestic abuse can affect the unborn baby too?