DCrisimtriecbteNaetwsWITH Smashing the misconception that domestic abuse is just physical assault
Police Scotland respond to a report of domestic abuse every nine minutes.
Domestic abuse exists in all sections of our communities.
Domestic abuse can exist in all types of relationships between partners and ex -partners.
Abusers and victims can be male or female, any race or religion and from all different types of background.
Police Scotland works to a nationally agreed definition of domestic abuse which has been adopted by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
This is:“Any form of physical, verbal, sexual, psychological or financial abuse which might amount to criminal conduct and which takes place within the context of a relationship. The relationship will be between partners (married, cohabiting, civil partnership or otherwise) or ex-partners. The abuse may be committed in the home or elsewhere including online.”
There is a common misconception that domestic abuse is just physical abuse. This is not the case.
Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or mental abuse. Physical abuse includes: All types of assault and physical attacks like hitting (including with objects), punching, kicking and burning. Sexual abuse includes: Forcing you to have sexual intercourse or forcing you to engage in sexual acts.
Mental/emotional abuse includes:
Threats (including threats of violence); criticism and name calling; coercive control which is controlling what you do, where you go and who you speak to; threatening your children, isolating you from friends and family; accusing you of being unfaithful; threatening to‘out’ your sexual orientation to family, friends or work colleagues; sharing or threatening to share intimate images of you with family, friends or work colleagues (commonly known as‘revenge porn’).
Further information is available at http://www.scotland.police.uk/ keep-safe/domestic-abuse/