Domestic Abuse

We define domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases, it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following;

  • Coercive Control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence).
  • Psychological and/or Emotional Abuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Financial or economic abuse
  • Harassment or stalking 
  • Online or digital abuse

Gender and Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is a gendered crime which is deeply rooted in the societal inequality between men and women. It is a form of gender-based violence “directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects disproportionally”. (CEDAW, 1992).

Women are more likely than men to experience multiple incidents of abuse, different types of domestic abuse (intermate partner abuse, sexual assault, and stalking), and in particular sexual violence. Any woman can experience domestic abuse regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, sexuality, class, or disability, but some women who experience other forms of oppression and discrimination may face further barriers to disclosing abuse and accessing support. Here at the Emily Davison Centre, we understand intersectionality and design services that reflect this concept. 

Domestic Abuse exists as part of violence against women and girls which also includes different forms of family violence such as; forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called ‘honour crimes’ that are perpetrated primarily by family members often with multiple perpetrators.

We work in partnership with local domestic abuse charities, for support or information, please contact:

East Lancashire (box)

HARV: 01245 879855 | | Twitter @HARVLancashire | | PO Box 77 Accrington BB5 1GJ

HARV Housing: 01245 879855 | | Twitter @HarvHousing | 

Lancashire (box)

Lancashire Victims Service 

Lancashire Refuges: (box)

National (box)

Womens Aid




(add women’s aid member federation of England)