Domestic Abuse: Definition
Domestic violence and abuse is defined 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 sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional."
The definition is supported by the following explanatory text:
"This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group."
The Government definition also outlines the following:
- 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
- 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
Domestic Abuse Support: Ask for Ani
The government has launched the Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) codeword scheme to enable victims of domestic abuse to access immediate help from the police, or other support services, from the safety of their local pharmacy. The Ask for ANI ...
Domestic Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases
In cases where it has been alleged or admitted, or there is other reason to believe, that the child or a party has experienced domestic abuse perpetrated by another party or that there is a risk of such abuse then the court must: identify the factual ...
Domestic Abuse Helplines
For Male Victims The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. They offer advice and emotional support to men who experience abuse, and signpost to other vital services that help keep ...
DA Perpetrators: Building Better Relationships
Kent If you wish to self refer because you wish to address your abusive behaviour in relationships then there are contact details (attached) for Kent-based groups that can help you. If you have been directed by Cafcass to attend a domestic abuse ...
KIDAS (Kent Integrated Domestic Abuse Service)
The Kent Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (KIDAS) offer a person-centred, holistic range of support services to victims and their families in Kent, with support available including; Safe refuge accommodation Specialist Independent Domestic Violence ...
About Dads Unlimited
Dads Unlimited is a charity that supports separated families. We work with Mums, Dads, Grandparents, and Guardians to create positive co-parenting environments to improve the lives of the children of separated families. You can find out more on our website www.dadsunltd.org.uk