Local Efforts to Combat Domestic Violence & Abuse, by Sobus Community Organiser, Sharon Tomlin

Chances are that most people will know of a person who has experienced domestic violence and domestic abuse during a lifetime. This is made more alarming from recent high profile cases in the media.

The United Nations define Domestic Abuse as ‘Domestic abuse, also called “domestic violence” or “intimate partner violence”, can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can occur within a range of relationships including couples who are married, living together or dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Read on for further information, useful links and the H&F survey.

 

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