Threatening behaviour, violence or abuse inflicted on one person by another, where they are or have been intimate partners or family members irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.
Family members' include mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandparents, in-laws or stepfamily. 'Intimate partners' means there must have been a relationship with a degree of continuity and stability.
This kind of behaviour can happen over a long period of time. Domestic abuse covers physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse.
It doesn't matter what your age, gender, race or sexuality is, how much you earn or where you come from - anyone can suffer abuse.
Remember, you are not to blame for any abuse that is happening to you.
Click on the links in the banner to find out more about domestic abuse, how we work to stop it and how you can protect yourself if you are being abused.
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