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Domestic violence and abuse: new definition

The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

· psychological

· physical

· sexual

· financial

· emotional

Domestic Violence (DV) and abuse can occur across society regardless of sexuality, age, gender, race and wealth. Many survivors of DV feel unable to tell family and friends about their situation for many reasons. Domestic Violence situations are often complex and there are many factors to consider to ensure safety of all involved. DV affects people in different ways so a counsellor who is aware of the process of violence and has experience in this field is essential.

Coping with the effects of DV can be overwhelming, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event, common with people who have experienced DV. Depression and dissociation are also common.

The effects of Domestic Violence and Abuse can be overcome ….

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