Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence or abuse

Domestic violence or abuse can be characterised by any of these indicators of abuse:
• psychological
• physical
• sexual
• financial
• emotional.

Domestic violence and abuse is a pattern of behaviour designed to achieve power and control over a partner or ex-partner. This is achieved through the use of physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse or through movement restriction and/or social isolation eg stopping you from seeing your family and or friends. It also includes so called ‘honour’ -based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

Coercive or controlling behaviour is a core part of domestic violence.

Coercive behaviour can include:
• acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation
• harming, punishing, or frightening the person
• isolating the person from sources of support
• exploitation of resources or money
• preventing the person from escaping abuse
• regulating everyday behaviour.

Possible indicators of domestic violence or abuse
• Low self-esteem
• Feeling that the abuse is their fault when it is not
• Physical evidence of violence such as bruising, cuts, broken bones
• Verbal abuse and humiliation in front of others
• Fear of outside intervention
• Damage to home or property
• Isolation – not seeing friends and family
• Limited access to money


Please follow this link to The Safer Portsmouth Partnership’s information regarding Domestic Abuse.