What is it?

Domestic abuse can be defined as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men. Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse Financial or economic abuse. Harassment and stalking.
  • Financial or economic abuse.
  • Harassment and stalking.
  • Online or digital abuse.
You can find support from many charities and agencies and you can download lots of information here to read and consider if you feel you need support. At Be Positive we are not experts in this area, but we will talk to you confidence and find someone who can help. Below are some very helpful leaflets and sites that you can contact. We would recommend speaking with Womens Aid.