Definition:  Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are
or have been intimate partners or
family members regardless of gender
or sexuality.

DOMESTIC ABUSE

This can include but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

• psychological

• physical

• sexual

• financial

• emotional

 

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.

 

For more information about domestic violence contact Staffordshire Women’s Aid or Arch.

 

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