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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is any violent or abusive behaviour used by one person to dominate and control another within a close personal or family relationship.

It can happen to anyone, in all kinds of relationships – heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. People experience domestic violence regardless of their social group, age, class, lifestyle, disability or sexuality. It can begin at any time – in a new relationship or after many years together.

  • Physical abuse: pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.
  • Sexual abuse: forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.
  • Financial abuse and economic abuse i.e: taking money, controlling finances, running up debt, not letting someone work, not giving them access to a car
  • Coercive control: a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of violence
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse: making someone feel repeatedly bad or scared, stalking, emotionally blackmailing, constantly checking where they are, checking their phone or social media activity
  • digital / online abuse: using technology to further isolate, humiliate or control someone.
  • Honour-based violence,  forced marriage or female genital mutilation

Swindon Community Safety Partnership employs a Domestic Abuse & Violence against Women & Girls (VAWG) Manager who works with agencies, organisation and communitie to ensure a co-ordinated community response to domestic abuse and VAWG. Partners include Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service (SDASS), the Police and other criminal justice agencies, Health and Housing amongst others.   

Training

CSP and SSP training in Domestic Abuse can be found by accessing the training pages on this site. 

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