Domestic abuse is: any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (pyschological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardlesss of gender or sexuality.
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/ or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means,needed for 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 is not a legal definition.
Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse provides information and help to victims, friends, family, perpetrators and professionals in relation to domestic abuse, in and around Warwickshire. There is a helpline available for you to call - 0800 408 1552 (free on a landline you may be charged if you use a mobile) - betweeen 9am and 9pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 4pm on Saturday. Or you can visit the Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse website.
Women's Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.
There is a 24 hour Freephone (mobiles may charge) National Domestic Violence helpline ran in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge - 0808 2000 247. Or you can visit the Refuge website.