Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse that is perpetrated by one person against another, usually in an intimate relationship or family setting including a misuse of power and control.
Whatever form it takes, domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, and should instead be seen as a pattern of abuse and controlling behaviour through which the abuser seeks power over the victim.
Sometimes a family can join together in abusing a victim, or sometimes a victim can be subject to abuse by different family members. Sometimes an older child can take on the role of the abuser and physically hurt the parent who is the victim.
At least one in four women will experience domestic abuse during their lifetime regardless of ethnic origin or socio-economic background.
Domestic abuse is often hidden and should not be ignored, there are Support groups and organisations that can provide you useful information whether you are a 'victim', friend or family member who is seeking more information or help.