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What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any violence between partners or former partners in an intimate relationship. The violence can include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse, threats and damage.


Physical — beating, kicking, slapping, punching, burning, strangulation, stabbing, denying sleep.

Sexual — rape, enforced sex or prostitution, pornography, or any other sexual behaviour or activity that you find unacceptable.

Emotional — jealousy, humiliation, degradation, systematic criticism, put-downs, intimidation, isolation from family and friends, withholding sex, threats or suicide.

Verbal — verbal abuse, aggressive response or threats to harm.

Financial — denying or withdrawing money.

Domestic abuse is a serious and widespread problem, although it is often hidden in the family. Abuse happens in all societies irrespective of gender, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion, cultural background, disability, marital status, age or sexual orientation.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be affected at sometime in their lives by domestic abuse. Men as well as women can be the victims, and it also affects same-sex relationships.

The law includes both controlling behaviour and coercive behaviour within the definition of domestic abuse, and these definitions include so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.

Powys County Council are currently working on a Strategy to prevent Domestic Abuse and support victims and survivors.  This is at the consultation stage.



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  • Phone: 0345 602 7050
  • Address: Powys County Hall, Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG


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