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What is Domestic Abuse?

One in 20 adults are estimated to experience domestic abuse every year, equating to almost 21,000 people a year in Buckinghamshire or 57 people every day. It is a crime which disproportionately affects women, however it can happen to anyone anywhere irrespective of sexuality, religion, gender, ethnicity, income or age

Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as:

an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer

Domestic abuse is controlling or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged 16 or over. Children and young people are victims in their own right as a result of the DA Act 2021. If domestic abuse is happening to someone under the age of 16 it is child abuse. 

Domestic abuse can take many forms, including: 

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

EIDA (Employers Initiative for Domestic Abuse) have information by LOOK TWICE by Vodafone.

You can find three short films on coercive control, emotional abuse and financial abuse to download from the following links:

SEA (Surviving Economic Abuse) have an E-Learning video on Economic Abuse which can be viewed using the link below;



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