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What is domestic abuse?

If you are experiencing physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse or are being intimidated or threatened by a current or previous partner, you are being subjected to domestic abuse.

    What is domestic abuse?

    Domestic abuse exists in all sections of our communities. Domestic abuse can exist in all types of relationships between partners and ex partners. Abusers and victims can be male or female, any race or religion and from all different types of background.

    Staffordshire Police works to a nationally agreed definition of domestic abuse.

    This 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:

    • Coercive control
    • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
    • Physical abuse
    • Sexual abuse
    • Financial abuse
    • Harassment
    • Stalking
    • Online or digital abuse.

    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 person gain, depriving them of means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

    Coercive behaviour is: an act or pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. New legislation introduced in December 2015 offers police more powers to prosecute this type of behaviour.

    Abuse is rarely a one-off event, on average a victim will endure 30-35 incidents of abuse before seeking help. So if you, or someone you know is thinking of seeking help, please contact us in the confidence that we understand the courage it has taken for you to speak out.

    Staffordshire Police works closely with partners and specialist domestic abuse services to ensure we support victims and those affected by domestic abuse.