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Domestic abuse is – ‘Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.’ It can include harassment, stalking, forced marriage, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation.

The definition applies to any person aged 16 years and over, and family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step family.

Domestic abuse occurs across all of society, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth or geography.

Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off event and controlling and abusive behaviour may be on-going. This chain of events needs to be broken. There are many services available to help break the chain. Details of some organisations that are working to achieve this are listed below.