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Domestic abuse is abusive behaviour between those aged over 16 years who are personally connected to each other, that is they are or have been intimate partners or family members, even after separation. Regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, marital status or background.

Behaviour is considered abusive when it consists of any of the following:

  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Violent or threatening behaviour
  • Controlling or coercive behaviour, even after separation
  • Economic abuse – means any behaviour that has a substantial adverse effect to acquire, use or maintain money or other property, or obtain goods or services
  • Psychological, emotional, or other abuse

A child who sees, or hears, or experiences the effects of, domestic abuse and is related to the person being abused or the perpetrator is also regarded as a victim of domestic abuse in their own right.

The Somerset Domestic Abuse Support website also provides information, help and support for anyone affected by domestic abuse in Somerset. It includes a directory of local and national services.

Covering your tracks

If you are worried about someone finding out that you have visited this website, you can find out how to cover your tracks here.

You can find more information about domestic abuse that may help you on the Somerset Council website.

Last reviewed: September 21, 2023 by John

Next review due: March 21, 2024

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