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Domestic abuse is defined as any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender and sexuality.

It is rarely a one-off incident and is often made up of different types of abuse within that one abusive relationship. Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse regardless of gender, age, sexuality, race, culture, religion or class. Domestic violence or abuse includes forced marriage, female genital mutilation and other acts of so called 'honour based' violence.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, there are lots of appropriate and confidential services that can help you. Whether you just want to see what your options are or you want to leave the situation, there are people there to help you and the information on this site will enable you to find out more.

If you know someone in danger and you want to help, then this site will give you information that you may feel you can pass on. But remember, do so safely.