DCrisimtriecbteNaetwsWITH Smash­ing the mis­con­cep­tion that do­mes­tic abuse is just phys­i­cal as­sault

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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/

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