In England and Wales, one in four women and one in six men experience domestic abuse in their life time. Two women are killed by their partner/ex-partner every week (almost exclusively by men). Around thirty men are killed by both women and other men every year. The Police receive 100 calls relating to domestic abuse every hour.
In the Royal Borough of Greenwich, over 23,000 women have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16.
Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or sexuality. The most common type of domestic abuse occurs in relationships, although it also can happen between family members. There are different kinds of abuse but it’s always about one person having power and control over another person.
In January 2019 the government published its draft Domestic Violence Bill. It defines domestic abuse as:
“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 sexual orientation. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: psychological, physical, sexual, economic and emotional forms of abuse.
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 pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation, and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten a person”.