Types of abuse

Domestic abuse can include emotional, physical, economic and sexual abuse from a current or former intimate partner. Coercive control is at the core of all domestic violence and abuse.  You may also experience domestic abuse from a family member.


Domestic abuse can include the following forms:

Coercive Control

Coercive control is a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour including all or some forms of domestic abuse

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is a very common form of abuse. It is abuse that might not be physical but is hurtful in other ways.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is any abuse that leaves any part of your body hurt. This is a very serious form of abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is any kind of unwanted sexual comments or touching from a partner or ex. Rape is a form of sexual abuse.

Economic Abuse

Economic abuse includes when your partner or ex-partner uses money to control and abuse you.

Digital Abuse

Digital abuse is the use of the internet or a phone to threaten, control or monitor you.

Children and Domestic Abuse

Your abuser may directly target your children and/or your children may witness or overhear what is happening in the home.