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Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, it is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser exerts power and control over their victim.

 

Abuse in the home is not a rare problem, it is just rarely admitted as one

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Physical Abuse

Domestic abuse can take many different forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological/emotional abuse and financial abuse.

Physical abuse describes many different types of physical violence, assault and harm.

Physical abuse includes:

  • Hitting
  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Scratching
  • Slapping
  • Biting
  • Scalding
  • Pulling hair
  • Poking
  • Pinching
  • Pushing
  • Shoving
  • Burning
  • Setting alight
  • Binding limbs
  • Tripping over
  • Choking
  • Beating
  • Cutting
  • Imprisonment
  • Starvation
  • Forced feeding
  • Using weapons
  • Deliberate dehydration
  • Twisting arms
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stabbing
  • Shooting
  • Drowning
  • Torture
  • Attempted murder
  • Murder
  • Bruising
  • Scalding
  • Starving

Domestic abuse may increase when a person experiencing abuse tries to end the relationship, on separation or divorce or, during pregnancy and following the birth of a child. Domestic abuse has a harmful, sometimes even life threatening, impact on the mental wellbeing of those affected.