What is domestic abuse?

SOS Domestic Abuse Projects defines domestic abuse as:

“the physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship that forms a pattern of coercive or controlling behaviour.”

This includes forced marriage and so-called ‘honour crimes’.

Domestic abuse may include a range of abusive behaviours, not all of which are in themselves inherently ‘violent’.

Domestic abuse is most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men. Any woman can experience abuse, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, class, disability or lifestyle.

Abuse can also take place in lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender relationships, and can involve other family members, including children. 

Domestic abuse can affect one in four women in their lifetimes. It accounts for between 16% and one quarter of all recorded violent crime. 

Would you like to find out more about domestic abuse?

SOS Domestic Abuse Projects provides training to professionals and organisations.  Training courses include:

•    Domestic Abuse Awareness
•    The Effects and Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children and Young People
•    Healthy Relationships Workshops

Training can be adapted according to your needs. Please call 01702 351648 for more information.