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Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. This can include forced marriage and so-called 'honour crimes'.
Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse. Figures show it consists mainly of abuse by a man against a woman, but it can also occur between any family members, in same sex relationships and by a woman towards a man. If you, or someone you know is affected, you can find information about what you can do.
If you think that you or someone you know may be being abused, our types of domestic abuse page highlights some of the signs to be aware of. You can also find out about the help and support which is available to those who are affected.