“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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”
Domestic violence covers more than just physical violence and threats, it could include sexual violence, emotional or other psychological abuse, harassment or controlling behaviour (including financial and indirect controlling behaviour).
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate 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.
- Regulating their daily behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts comprising of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten the victim.