All forms of domestic violence and abuse – psychological, economic, emotional and physical – come from the abuser’s desire for power and control over other family members or intimate partners. Although every situation is unique, there are common factors involved. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence and abuse and it happens in all communities to people from all backgrounds. The effects of domestic violence and abuse on survivors/victims include the direct effects on them and their relationships with other people, particularly their children.
In September 2012, it was announced that the Government definition of domestic violence would be widened to include those aged 16-17 and wording changed to reflect coercive control. The decision follows a Government consultation which saw respondents call overwhelmingly for this change. The title of the definition will change to ‘domestic violence and abuse’ and is defined by Government as: