Domestic abuse



What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse

January 27, 2015

Domestic abuse is 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. This can encompass 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.*
*This definition includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Family members include mother, father, sister, son, daughter, brother and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step family.


Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN)

Is issued by the Police in order to provide immediate emergency protection to the victim. It will include certain prohibitions / restrictions.

Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO)

Within 48hrs of a DVPN being issued there will be an application to the Magistrates Court for a DVPO. This will reflect the DVPN restrictions.

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