Domestic abuse

You are here

domestic abuseWhat is domestic abuse?

The legal definition of domestic abuse is:

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
  • 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.

Getting help

In Tamworth, New Era offer help and advice. Tel: 0300 3033778 More information can be found on their website:

The Pathway Project offers help, advice and practical support to people who are experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse. The Pathway Project, which is a registered charity, has a 24-hour helpline which can be contacted on 01543 676800. More help and information is also available through the Pathway Project website.