What is domestic abuse?


Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:


> psychological
> physical
> sexual
> financial
> emotional
> controlling behaviour
> coercive behaviour


130,000 children live in homes where there is high-risk domestic abuse 3


62% of children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by  the perpetrator of the abuse, in addition to the harm caused by witnessing the abuse of others 1




1Caada (2014), In Plain Sight: Effective help for children exposed to domestic abuse. Bristol: Caada.


3SafeLives (2015), Getting it right first time: policy report. Bristol: SafeLives.


What is sexual abuse?


Any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work.


Forcing or enticing a person to take part or observe sexual activities.


Also includes sexual exploitation of adults and children.