Domestic violence is the threat or use of physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse in close adult relationships.
This includes destruction of property, isolation from friends and family or other potential sources of support, threats to others including children, stalking and control over access to money, personal items, food, transportation and the telephone.

Domestic violence can include:

Threats of physical violence even though no actual physical force occurs.
Actual physical violence.
Mental cruelty/emotional abuse.
Having sex without giving consent.
Deliberate damage to pets, clothes, property or personal items.
A woman is abused if she is in any way ill-treated by, or frightened of, the man she
lives with.

Domestic violence is the use of power and control by a dominant partner.
It is not a ‘once off’, it is a process.

Above all domestic violence is a crime. A crime that thrives on secrecy.

The victim pays the price for the silence, not the abuser.olation.