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What is domestic abuse?

Information & advice

What is domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can be:

  • Coercive control
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Forced marriage and honour-based violence
  • Stalking and harassment
  • Online and digital abuse

It can be some or all of these things. Anyone can experience domestic abuse, regardless of age, background, gender, religion, and ethnicity. It can happen in all kinds of relationships; heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and within extended families between parents and children.

No more excuses

Domestic abuse doesn’t happen because of alcohol, drugs, stress or unemployment. These are excuses often used to justify abusive behaviour.

Open the door to support

We’re a calm and comforting voice on the end of the phone. We’re warm and empathetic women you can chat to in real life. We’re a sisterhood of women and girls who support, empower and check in on one another. And our door will always be open – you can dip in and out and come back at any time.