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Sunday 21 July
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Domestic violence

Domestic violence is defined as an incident or pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, by a partner or ex-partner.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

Did you know?

  • Women are more likely than men to experience multiple incidents of abuse, different types of domestic abuse (intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking) and in particular sexual violence.
  • Any woman can experience domestic abuse regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, sexuality, class, or disability, but some women who experience other forms of oppression and discrimination may face further barriers to disclosing abuse and finding help.
  • Domestic violence is patterned, repeated behaviour intended to assert power and control over the victim. Of those who experience 4 or more incidents of domestic violence, 89% are women.
  • Four times as many women as men are killed by a current or former partner. Two women a week are killed as a result of domestic violence in England and Wales.
  • Both women and men can be victims of domestic violence both in heterosexual and gay relationships. We believe that everyone has the right to live in safety regardless of their gender.

What support is there for people who are experiencing domestic abuse?

If you are fearful of your partner, walking on eggshells, worried about what will happen when they return home, having money restricted - Information on support for survivors and friends or family who may be worried about someone experiencing domestic abuse can be found on the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership website. For support around Essex please see the Safer Places website or call 03301 025811.

Short films explaining support in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are now available in alternative languages with voiceovers in Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian. Cambridgeshire Deaf Association have also recorded the films for us in British Sign Language.

The IDVA film explains how they work with other services to help keep high risk victims and their children safe. The Outreach film gives information about community outreach support and explains how to contact the services directly. The films can be accessed on YouTube.

More information from Refuge

Find more National and Regional Support options here