At Women's -RCT we define Domestic abuse as the exercise of power and control by one person over another within an intimate or close family relationship; the abuse can be

sexual

physical

financial

psychological

Stalking and harassment

 

It is usually a pattern of incidents and behaviours of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour and happens regardless of sex, age, class, disability, gender identity, immigration status, ethnicity, geography or religion.

More information on the cross -government definition of domestic abuse can be found by clicking the link below