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Domestic and Economic Abuse

Domestic and Economic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is violent, coercive or controlling behaviour by partners, ex-partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

It can be physical or emotional and can also mean frightening any children in the household.

For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, there is help and support available, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services.

There are many forms of domestic abuse:

  • Constant criticism and humiliation
  • Shouting, blaming and shaming
  • Intimidation and controlling behaviour
  • Threats and verbal assault
  • Physical assault and sexual abuse

Economic Abuse

  • Involves abusers dictating a victim’s choices and controlling their everyday actions, though use of violence or threats of violence if their demands are refused.
  • Designed to limit a person’s freedom and creates economic instability and isolation, ultimately making the victim depend upon the abuser, which can prevent victims from leaving and rebuilding their lives. 
  • Can include abusers interfering (through control, exploitation or sabotage) with a victim’s access to essential resources such as money and finances, as well as those things that money can buy, such as food, clothing, transport a place to live. 
  • Abusers may also prevent a person from accessing or progressing in employment, education or training.
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