Dating violence uk

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Additional information on children, young people and domestic violence highlights their experiences.Back to top Domestic violence is not just a problem for Northern Ireland.Domestic violence is one element in the overall issue of violence against women, which includes, among other crimes, murder, rape, sexual assault, trafficking, sexual stalking and sexual harassment.Domestic violence often occurs over a period of time.The 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline works closely with a range of relevant organisations to raise awareness in the wider community and elsewhere of the impact of homophobic, transphobic and same sex domestic violence on the lives of LGBT people. Back to top While it is recognised and documented in research and statistics that the majority of domestic violence is perpetrated by men against women, it is also acknowledged and becoming increasingly recognised that men can experience violence from their female partners and in male gay relationships.It can be extremely difficult for men to acknowledge they are experiencing domestic violence and the stigma and shame attached to the issue can be a huge barrier in accessing support.Domestic violence is intentional and persistent abusive behaviour which is based on an unequal position of power and control.Domestic violence can include a range of behaviours used by one person to control another with whom they have, or have had, a close or family relationship.

Back to top Research has shown that approximately one in four women have or currently experience domestic violence. Statistics highlight the prevalence of the issue in Northern Ireland.

Domestic violence takes many forms, physical, psychological, economic, sexual and emotional and can often be a combination of several of these.

It includes forms of violent and controlling behaviour such as: physical assault, sexual abuse, rape, threats and intimidation, harassment, humiliating and controlling behaviour, withholding of finances, economic manipulation, deprivation, isolation, belittling and constant unreasonable criticism.

Everyone has a basic human right to live a life free from violence and abuse.

Women’s Aid can provide helpline support to men who experience domestic violence and can also sign post to other agencies that can help.

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