Domestic Abuse is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents that can include:
  • controlling behaviour 
  • coercive control 
  • threatening behaviour 
  • physical abuse 
  • psychological abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse 
  • financial abuse 
  • stalking 
  • isolation 
Domestic abuse can be between those who are or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.  There may be a pattern of one or a few of these behaviours and you do not have to live with the person for this definition to apply to their behaviour.

Definition of stalking:  Police UK describe this could be someone you do or do not know; an ex-partner or a person you were friends with, or it might be a stranger. If it's someone you know, or knew, it doesn't mean that it's your fault; it's still stalking and it's an offence. 

Stalking may include:
  • regularly following someone
  • repeatedly going uninvited to their home
  • checking someone’s internet use, email or other electronic communication
  • hanging around somewhere they know the person often visits
  • interfering with their property
  • watching or spying on someone
Definition of coercive control: Women's Aid describes coercive control as an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. Coercive control creates invisible chains and a sense of fear that pervades all elements of a victim’s life. It works to limit their human rights by depriving them of their liberty and reducing their ability to act. 

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