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About domestic violence

Women’s Aid has identified six types of domestic violence. These include, physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, financial and abuse involving children.

Domestic violence is not a one-off occurrence but is usually frequent and persistent aimed at instilling fear into, and compliance from, the victim. In reality domestic violence and abuse is usually a pattern of persistent behaviour by the perpetrator designed to achieve power and control over the victim.

Domestic violence is a common problem in our society. It has more repeat offences than any other crime. On average there will be 35 assaults before a victim calls the police.

Women’s Aid defines domestic violence as:

the intentional and persistent physical or emotional abuse of a woman, or of a woman and her children, in a way that causes pain, distress or injury.

Key facts about domestic violence

See also Am I being abused?