Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. The abuse is usually committed by a partner or ex-partner, but it can also be a family member or carer.

It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • harassment and stalking
  • online or digital abuse

There is one helpline number in Derbyshire for reporting or discussing domestic abuse tel: 08000 198 668.

Find out more about domestic abuse support and information services in Derbyshire.

Referral forms for MARAC and DASH are available on the Safer Derbyshire website.

Coercive and controlling behaviour

Coercive control is a criminal offence and is a form of domestic abuse.

The posters attached to this page have been put together to provide professionals and the public with further information on how to recognise this type of abuse and how to access support.