I'm worried about someone's behaviour

Are you afraid of someone you know or live with?

Domestic abuse is when someone in a close relationship with you behaves in a way that causes you physical, mental, or emotional damage. This doesn't have to be physical violence. Domestic abuse includes any incident of threatening behaviour. Domestic abuse can be psychological, physical, social, financial or emotional.

Who does it affect?

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. It happens in all kinds of relationships: heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

When does it happen?

It can begin at any stage of the relationship and is rarely a one-off. Incidents of domestic violence generally become more frequent and severe over time. 

What causes domestic violence?

  • Domestic violence is caused by the abuser’s desire for power and control
  • It usually comes from an imbalance of power 
  • Domestic abuse is not caused by alcohol, drugs, unemployment, stress or ill health

It is extremely difficult for victims to take action or even consider leaving their abuser. There are a number of reasons why domestic abuse may continue:

  • Jealousy
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Low self-esteem
  • Failure to prosecute
  • Having nowhere to go to
  • Lack of childcare or the fear of leaving children
  • Tendency to blame the victim

Domestic violence is a crime. We all have a role to play in ending it.