Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as ‘the intentional and persistent physical or emotional abuse of a woman, or of a woman and her children in a way that causes pain, distress or injury’.

One in four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, and we know that often the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest.


Domestic abuse can include threatening, controlling, coercive behaviour, violence or abuse.

Domestic abuse can be psychological, virtual, physical, verbal, sexual, financial or emotional.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any form of disability.

Domestic abuse can be inflicted on a women and her children by a current or former intimate partner or family member.


Coercive Control is defined by Women’s Aid as ‘an intentional behaviour designed to punish, dominate, exploit, exhaust, create fear, confusion and increase dependency.’  Over time it can lead to a complete loss of self.


Intimate Partner Sexual Violence is defined by the World Health Organisation as being physically forced to have sexual intercourse when you do not want to, having sexual intercourse because you are afraid of what your partner might do and/ or being forced to do something sexual that you find humiliating or degrading.


Read here: Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland Strategy


If you are affected by domestic abuse YOU CAN call Women’s Aid ABCLN on 028 25 632136 or in an emergency always call 999.