Domestic violence can be defined as any type of physical, emotional or sexual abuse between people in a relationship such as married couples, co-habitees or family members. It can include physical assault, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, threats or intimidation.
Although each situation is different, typical examples of domestic violence include:
- My husband hit me last night.
- My ex-boyfriend has threatened to kill me.
- My ex-girlfriend telephones me at work and follows me about in the street.
- I am frightened of my husband and I want him to leave the house.
- My partner treats our children badly and they are very frightened.
- My wife says she has paid some friends to attack me.
My boyfriend has smashed up all the furniture in the house.If you are subject to domestic abuse, you may be able to obtain a non-molestation order from the court to help protect you and any children in your care.