Domestic abuse or violence involves the misuse of power and is based on a range of control mechanisms which include: physical, sexual, psychological, social or economic abuse or neglect of an individual by a partner, ex-partner, carer or one or more family members, in an existing or previous domestic relationship.
This is regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religious, cultural or political beliefs, ethnicity, disability, HIV status, class or location. Domestic abuse can also include forced marriage and so-called ‘honour crimes’.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
Further information on the definitions of domestic abuse can be found on the Government website here.
Sexual violence is any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise, directed against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work.
Some examples of this can include:
The above could be a recent incident or something that has happened in the past.