Domestic abuse is defined by the Home Office as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

·         psychological

·         physical

·         sexual

·         financial

·         emotional 

Controlling behaviour 

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour. 

Coercive behaviour 

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

 

 In an emergency, always dial – 999
To make a disclosure of domestic violence either for yourself or someone else contact Somerset Domestic Abuse Helpline or the Avon and Somerset Police:

Somerset Domestic Abuse Helpline  heretohelp@knightstone.co.uk 0800 69 49 999
Avon and Somerset Police 101

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