DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/ABUSE

Cardiff Women’s Centre defines domestic violence/abuse as any incident or pattern 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. The abuse can encompass but is not limited to:

Domestic violence/abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

Domestic violence/abuse is a gendered crime which is deeply rooted in the societal inequality between women and men. It takes place “because she is a woman and happens disproportionately to women.”

Women are more likely than men to experience multiple incidents of abuse, different types of domestic abuse (intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking) and in particular sexual violence. Any woman can experience domestic abuse regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, sexuality, class, or disability, but some women who experience other forms of oppression and discrimination may face further barriers to disclosing abuse and finding help.

For further information about how to recognise domestic violence/abuse and the many different forms you can go to:

http://www.cardiffwomensaid.org.uk/what-is-domestic-violenceabuse/

 

Further advice / support

Our safety services at the Women's Centre are specifically designed to support women experiencing or escaping domestic violence/abuse.
We also recognise the importance of aftercare and healing and as such services to meet the needs of survivors are available at the women's centre with more being developed.
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