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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can take different forms.

  • Physical Abuse: Pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons
  • Sexual Abuse: Forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography
  • Financial Abuse: Taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work
  • Emotional /psychological abuse: Making someone feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games

There is no specific offence of 'domestic violence' under criminal law, but many forms of domestic violence are crimes, e.g.:

  • Assault
  • False imprisonment
  • Criminal damage
  • Harassment
  • Attempted murder
  • Rape

Being assaulted, sexually abused, threatened or harassed by a partner or family member is just as much a crime as violence from a stranger, and often more dangerous.

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