In 2013 a new government definition for domestic abuse was introduced, this being ‘ Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or 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. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
In 1999 the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan described Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) as 'perhaps the most pervasive violation of human rights across the globe,’ yet it is entirely preventable. In his remarks made on World Women’s Day that year he outlined that
‘humanity has learnt that the enjoyment of human rights is essential to the well-being and development of the individual, the community and the world. And yet, too many women are still denied these basic human rights. Too often, their liberty and dignity are compromised. And, too many of them are subjected to violence.’
Domestic violence is a serious and indeed growing problem around the world. It is a violation of human rights as well as a major public health problem.
According to Women’s Aid
‘The vast majority of the victims of domestic violence are women and children and women are also considerably more likely to experience repeated and severe forms of violence and sexual abuse. Women may experience domestic violence regardless of ethnicity, religion, class, age, sexuality, disability or lifestyle.’
Men are also victims of domestic abuse although the numbers reported are minimal but not to dismissed.
The London Child Protection Procedures set out specific guidance on Safeguarding Children Affected by Domestic Abuse and Violence:
Learning resources on coercive control
Research in Practice (RiP) has launched a series of open access learning resources providing information and guidance to health and social care practitioners on how to recognise and respond to coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate or family relationships. Resources include five case studies, and a resource library signposting useful websites, research and guidance.
Source: RiP Date: 14 February 2017
Further information: Coercive Control
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