What is domestic violence and abuse
Domestic violence and abuse is about the misuse of power and control.
It may start with emotional abuse but can soon escalate. It is not always about physical violence and can occur between married couples, same sex partners, family members, those in a current relationship or one that has ended. It is rarely a one-off occurrence. If someone's partner doesn't allow them to see their family, controls their finances, won't let them work or dictates what they wear then they are likely to be in an abusive relationship.
From April 2013 the new cross-Government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
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:
Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
- Advice on housing options for victims of domestic violence and abuse
Losing your home because of domestic violence and abuse can impact on all aspects of your life. The Dorset Domestic Violence Strategic Group is committed to measures which assist victims to stay in their homes if they choose to do so or to enable them to move.
- Where to get help - for victims of domestic violence and abuse
Details of the help available to those who are victims of domestic violence or abuse can be found on this page.
- MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference)
A Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a local, multi agency victim-focussed meeting where information is shared on the highest risk cases of domestic violence and abuse between different statutory and voluntary sector agencies.
- Awareness courses for survivors of domestic violence and abuse
Courses are now available for women who have experienced domestic violence and abuse living in Dorset county. The courses are run by experts working in domestic violence and abuse services and are available free of charge.
- Domestic Violence Awareness Training
Multi agency domestic violence awareness training is available for frontline practitioners.
- Domestic Violence and Abuse Strategy
The first Dorset Domestic Violence Strategy was published in 2006. Much has been achieved as a result of the strategy in terms of supporting victims, raising awareness of the impact of domestic violence and providing training for practitioners.