What domestic abuse is
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse. Find out what domestic abuse is and what you can do if you are experiencing it.
The definition of domestic abuse
Domestic abuse is behaviour that causes you mental or physical harm. This is behaviour by either a partner or an ex-partner.
Domestic abuse can be physical or sexual violence. It also includes:
making you depend on someone
isolating you from friends or family
telling you where you can and cannot go
frightening, humiliating or punishing you
Anyone can experience domestic abuse
Everyone has the same legal protection in law. Women, men and non-binary people can all experience domestic abuse by a partner or ex-partner.
Domestic abuse is a crime
You can report the person abusing you to the police. The police can take action against someone behaving in an abusive way, and they could face criminal prosecution.
You can also:
Get help if you are experiencing domestic abuse
There is lots of support for people experiencing domestic abuse. You can get advice, find somewhere safe to stay or find the right people to talk to.
Find somewhere safe to stay if you need to leave.
Find the right organisation to support you.
Last updated: 28 June 2021