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:
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:
- Walsall's Multi Agency Screening Hub - 0300 555 2866
- Police Emergencies - 999
- Black Country Women's Aid (weblink) - 01922 649569
- National Domestic Violence Helpline (weblink) - 0808 2000247
- Mens Advice Line (weblink) - 0808 8010327
- Forced Marriage - Karma Nirvana (weblink) - 0500 5999247
- Forced Marriage Unit (weblink) - 020 7008151
- Respect Helpline (weblink) - 0808 802 4040
- Rape Crisis (weblink) - 0808 8029999