Domestic violence

Domestic violence is unacceptable and tackling the issue is a priority for this government.

Our response to domestic violence is included within the violence against women and girls action plan.

The government definition of domestic violence is:

  • 'Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.'

This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

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