Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence One Minute Guide

Domestic Violence (also known as domestic abuse) refers to 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. Most reported incidents relate to women and girls but this is not always the case.
Domestic Violence can include, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
• Psychological
• Physical
• Sexual
• Financial
• Emotional
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. Victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.


For more information on Domestic Violence please see below contacts and resources: 


At Walsall Children's Services we have developed a Domestic Violence Pathways model to ensure all professionals have a clear understanding of the services available:

Domestic Violence Pathways - Children's Services

DV Rim



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