What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged 16 or over, who are or have been intimate partners, or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality’. This can include the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is a range of actions intended to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by separating them from family and friends, abusing their money, possessions and abilities for personal gain, depriving them of their independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. This also includes so-called honour based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone over the age of 16. It can happen to anyone of any gender, religion, race or sexuality. It can happen in short or long-term relationships, with ex-partners or family members.
Where can I get help or further information?
If you feel in immediate danger as a result of domestic abuse, dial 999 straight away and wait in a safe place for the police to arrive. Do not attempt to confront the suspect.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, the police would prefer to speak to you on the phone (on 101) or in person. However, if contacting them on-line is the safest way for you to get in touch, you can complete a secure on-line referral form to Connect Gwent and we will contact you.
If you don’t feel confident speaking to the police there are lots of other agencies that can support you including the Connect Gwent team.
More information in keeping yourself safe is available from BAVA t. www.bava.org.uk/types-of-abuse/keeping-safe/