Domestic abuse: definition
Domestic abuse or violence is not gender bias - one in four women and one in six men experience domestic violence.
Domestic abuse is defined as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence.
It is very common and often goes unnoticed.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:
- Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Online or digital abuse
Domestic abuse exists as part of violence against men, women and children; which also includes different forms of family violence such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so called 'honour crimes' that are perpetrated primarily by family members, often with multiple perpetrators.
Health Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) support to GWH patients and staff
Our Health IDVAs, based in our Emergency Department, directly support victims of domestic abuse, both male and female, in a confidential, non-judgemental and non-directive manner, where victims are treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity.
They can provide you with information and advice on your rights and responsibilities, the options available to you regarding criminal and civil proceedings, and attend court to offer support through the criminal justice system where appropriate.
You can also contact them directly:
- Charli Bowles - 07984 455679
- Sophie Phillips - 07726 328065