Domestic violence is deliberate and constant abusive behaviour which is based on an unmatched position of power and control. Domestic violence can include a variety of behaviours used by one person to another with whom they have, or have had, a close or family relationship with.
Who Can Experience Domestic Violence?
Just about anyone can encounter domestic violence. Domestic violence happens across all groups in society, regardless of demographic, gender, race, religion, sexuality, wealth or geography. The most affected are women and children although research is highlighting the prevalence and context of male victims of domestic violence.
Can Men Experience Domestic Violence?
While it is acknowledged and documented in research and statistics that the majority of domestic violence is committed by men against women, it is also acknowledged and becoming increasingly recognised that men can encounter violence from their female partners and in male gay relationships.