Domestic abuse is not just physical. It includes controlling, coercive, threatening and degrading behaviour, usually by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.
It can also include:
- financial control
- belittling someone
- isolating them from their friends and family
- making threats to children or pets
- controlling who they see or what they do
- sexual violence
Living with domestic abuse can cause long term emotional as well as physical harm.
Despite the fact that domestic abuse is common, it is under-reported. Some people may not be aware that what is happening to them is domestic abuse. Some people do not tell anyone because they feel ashamed or that in some way it is their fault, but this is never the case.
If you are being abused, you are not alone, and it is not your fault.