Background Information On Domestic Abuse

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Background Information on Domestic Abuse “Violence pervades the lives of many people around the world, and touches all of us in some way. To many people ” Domestic abuse was seen as violence that occurred between adults in an intimate or family relationship. However, through time the definition of domestic abuse violence became socially constructed. There are two main definitions used in civilisation today by Home Office and World Health Organizations. Home Office defines domestic abuse to be “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality”. This specific definition is used throughout the United kingdom, it emphasizes on the fact that your sexuality and gender does not stop you from becoming a victim of abuse, when any behaviours mentioned above happens to anyone 16 and over it is considered by law to be abuse. World Health Organisation uses the term ‘intimate partner’ in their definition of domestic abuse, it is “any behaviour within an intimate relationship that causes physical, psychological or sexual harm to those in that relationship”. Both definitions categorise domestic abuse to include physical aggression, controlling behaviour, emotional and psychological abuse. The concept of domestic violence between intimate partners or family members has always been a major part of society. However,…

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