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Domestic Abuse is described by the NSPCC as follows:
Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. But it isn't just physical violence – domestic abuse includes emotional, physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse.
It can happen in any relationship, and even after the relationship has ended. Both men and women can be abused or abusers.
Domestic abuse can seriously harm children and young people. Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships.
Domestic abuse can have long lasting effects on children who live in a household where it is occurring. Problems can include aggressive or anti-social behaviour, withdrawal, depression, anxiety and underachievement, all of which are damaging to a child's development.
If you are concerned about domestic abuse, you may find the following document regarding the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law) useful: Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme