What is Domestic Violence and Abuse?


Domestic violence and abuse is a pattern of behaviours used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.

Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence. It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Domestic violence is rarely an isolated incident.

Domestic violence is intended to harm the physical and/or mental well-being of the victim. There are different types of Abuse


Often in the early stages, a woman may not realise she is in an abusive relationship. By the time she realises it, there are often many barriers to her leaving. What may start as verbal put-downs and controlling actions may well become physical assaults over time.

While we may feel we would be able to recognise an abusive relationship when it involves physical violence, relationships involving psychological or emotional abuse are more subtle, but no less destructive. To learn more about the signs of domestic violence and abuse, click here


Domestic violence is not one partner losing their temper. Abusers are often very friendly and caring to everyone else but their partner.

Domestic violence is control, not anger.
No one deserves to be abused. It is never okay.

If you are experiencing domestic violence and abuse, Contact Us