Understanding Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is characterised by incidents or patterns of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and sometimes violent behaviour. It might include sexual violence. While it most commonly occurs between partners or ex-partners, it can also involve family members or carers. Unfortunately, domestic abuse is very common and, in the majority of cases, is experienced by women and perpetrated by men. Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:
  • Coercive Control: A pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation or control, often involving the threat or use of physical or sexual violence.
  • Psychological and/or Emotional Abuse
  • Financial or Economic Abuse
  • Harassment and Stalking
  • Online or Digital Abuse
Support is available from a wide range of charities and agencies, and you can download a wealth of information below if you feel you need assistance. At Be Positive, while we are not experts in this area, we are committed to listening to you confidentially and connecting you with someone who can help. Below are some helpful leaflets and websites for support. We highly recommend speaking with Women's Aid.