What is domestic abuse and violence?

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour that is used by someone to control or obtain power over their partner. It can happen at any point in a relationship, including after you’ve split up.

Psychological/emotional abuse:  

Includes name-calling, threats and manipulation, blaming you for the abuse or ‘gas-lighting’ you. 

Economic abuse:  

Controlling your access to money or resources. They might take your wages, stop you working, or put you in debt without your knowledge or consent 

Sexual abuse:  

Doesn’t have to be physical. They might manipulate, deceive or coerce you into doing things you don’t want to do. 

Coercive control:  

When an abuser uses a pattern of behaviour over time to exert power and control. It is a criminal offence. 

Physical abuse:  

Not only hitting. They might restrain you or throw objects. They might pinch or shove you and claim it’s a ‘joke’. 

Tech abuse:  

They might send abusive texts, demand access to your devices, track you with spyware, or share images of you online. 

Statistics show most domestic abuse is carried out by men and experienced by women, but it can impact anyone, regardless of gender, race, age, or sexual orientation. It can occur within a range of relationships including couples who are married, living together or dating. Services in Bolton services are inclusive and available to all victims, including male victims and those within the LGBTQI+ community.