The Tackling Violence at Home Government Strategy defines Domestic Violence as:
“Threatening behaviour, violence or abuse ( Physical, Emotional, Psychological, Financial or Sexual abuse) inflicted on one person by another where they are or have been intimate partners or family members, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation”.
Women’s Aid defines Domestic Violence as:
“The intentional and persistent physical or emotional abuse of a woman. or a woman and her children in a way that causes pain, distress or injury”.
This includes destruction of property, isolation from family, friends or other potential sources of support, threats to others including children, stalking, control over access to money, personal items, food, transport and telephone.