The charity Women's Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. This is most commonly by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.
The abuse can affect people of any age, gender, sexuality or ethnicity. Though domestic abuse can be physical violence towards someone, it also includes emotional abuse. It can happen in someone's own home, in a healthcare setting, care home or other support setting, anywhere else someone might have gone to for help, or in a public place. It can also happen online.
The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that many people have been less able to go out and live a 'normal' life and have been trapped by a person abusing or controlling them at home.
If you think you or someone you know is being abused, look at the information below on types of abuse and then the following section with useful links and help.