What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence and abuse is any kind of violence between people who have a relationship, or have had one in the past (E.g. husband and wife, former partners or children.)
It can take many forms.
Whatever form it takes, domestic violence is rarely a one-off incident and is wrong.
It can begin at any time during a relationship and tends to happen more often, getting worse over time.
Who experiences domestic violence and abuse?
Domestic violence can happen to anyone in all different situations and in all kinds of relationships - heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
People suffer domestic violence regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle.
Children are often the silent victims. Witnessing domestic violence or being a victim of it can badly affect a child's behaviour, health, schoolwork and future.
What might increase the risk of violence?
Can anyone help?
To talk to someone in confidence for support, information or an emergency referral to temporary accommodation contact the free 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 or visit their website: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/