We define domestic violence as:

The intentional and persistent physical or emotional abuse of a woman, or of a woman and her children in a way that causes pain, distress or injury.

In Northern Ireland, we work in partnership with other agencies through the Tackling Violence at Home government strategy, which defines domestic violence as:

Threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, verbal, sexual, financial or emotional) inflicted on one person by another where they are or have been intimate partners or family members, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.

Domestic violence can happen regardless of age, gender, social class, ethnicity, disability or life style. There are many myths surrounding domestic violence. These pages provide information on the context and nature of domestic violence and its impact upon those who experience it.

If you need immediate help please contact our 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline.

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