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.

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 the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline.