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Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse?

  • Psychological?
  • Physical?
  • Sexual?
  • Financial?
  • Emotional?
  • Ceoercive control?

The answer is: ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Domestic Abuse can happen in any type of relationship – IT IS WRONG!  However, help is available.

Domestic abuse can portray itself in many forms, from hitting, slapping, punching or biting, to preventing you seeing your family and friends.  The list is endless.

Domestic abuse can have a huge impact on the victims, and often their families.  What is important to remember is – YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Cleveland police define domestic abuse as “Any incidents of controling coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (Psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults aged 16 and over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality”

Family members are defined as mother father, son, daughter, brother, sister, and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step family.

‘Psychological abuse’ could also include abuse about gender, race, religion, age, humiliation, bullying or intimidation.

‘Physical abuse’ means ANY offences of violence, common assault, actual bodily harm, or wounding.
Over recent years there has been an increase in the number of recorded incidents of domestic violence. A survey by the Home Office indicated that of 224 female murder victims, 47% were killed by a partner or former partner.

Incidents of domestic violence are rarely isolated occurrences.  They tend to increase in severity and extend beyond the partner to other members of the family, particularly children.  Domestic abuse occurs across the whole social spectrum.


Cleveland Police is committed to providing a positive and effective response to reports of domestic violence and abuse.

All victims will receive the appropriate quality of service according to their individual needs.  All allegations will be properly investigated and offenders held accountable through the criminal justice system without exemption.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or are worried about a friend or family member, you can contact your local domestic abuse unit for help, advice and support.  (These numbers are not staffed 24 hours a day)

It is important to identify domestic abuse for either yourself or a friend.
Domestic abuse is a crime; and sadly very common.  1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in life.  It is important to remember that domestic abuse also occurs between same sex relationships, and by women to men.