Domestic Violence & Abuse

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hackney Domestic Abuse Contingency Plan

Services in Hackney continue to operate, although there is some reduction / alteration to service due to the current public health crisis.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

City Of London Domestic Abuse Contingency Plan

Services in the City of London continue to operate, although there is some reduction / alteration to service due to the current public health crisis.

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.  Domestic violence and abuse includes:

'Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or 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. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional.

'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 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.'