Domestic abuse

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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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological;
  • physical;
  • sexual;
  • financial;
  • emotional abuse.

This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes honour-based violence and abuse, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

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