Recognising abusive behaviours
Do you feel that someone in your life is...............
These are just some examples that you may be experiencing domestic violence
What is domestic violence
FreeVA use the following definition
'Domestic Violence involves the misuse of power and is based on a range of control mechanisms which include: physical, sexual, psychological, social or economic abuse or neglect of an individual by a partner, ex-partner, carer or one or more family members, in an existing or previous domestic relationship. This is regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religious, cultural or political beliefs, ethnicity, disability, HIV status, class or location. Domestic Violence can also include forced marriage and so-called 'honour crimes'.
Please see link for the governments definition on domestic violence: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extended-definition-of-domestic-violence-takes-effect
Who is affected?
Research shows that Domestic Violence is most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men. At least 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime and between 1 in 8 and 1 in 10 women experience it annually.
The majority of children witness the violence that is occurring, and in 90% of cases they are in the same or next room (Hughes, 1992)
2 women a week are murdered by their ex-partner or current partner in the UK.
Every 60 seconds the police receive a phone call regarding Domestic Violence.
We can all be affected by domestic violence, the cost to society is huge.