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Staff Wellbeing: What is domestic abuse?

Anyone can be subjected to domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include:

  • Coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
  • Economic abuse
  • Online abuse
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Forced marriage
  • Honour violence

The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically, just one encounter counts as abuse, and it can be an ongoing pattern of behaviour. However, the one constant element of domestic abuse is the abuser's consistent efforts to maintain power and control over someone.

Remember, you are not to blame for what is happening. You are not alone, and above all, you do not have to suffer in silence.

Domestic abuse and coronavirus

The government acknowledges that household isolation instructions can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances are.

Remember, household isolation rules do not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Where can I get help?

The University has a dedicated webpage which has further information about the support services available for those subjected to violence, those supporting a colleague exposed to domestic abuse, as well as guidance for managers who may be concerned about an employee’s safety.

Some additional links for students and staff can also be viewed below: