Domestic violence describes any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between two people who are, or have been, in a relationship. It also covers family members, whatever their gender or sexuality. The abusive behaviour may be psychological, sexual, emotional, physical or financial. Its aim is to maintain power and control of one person over another.
Research has found that domestic abuse is, sadly, more common in the UK than you'd like to think. According to the Office for National Statistics, overall, 27.1% of women and 13.2% of men have experienced any type of domestic abuse since the age of 16.
Individual counselling may help you assess what to do about a violent relationship and learn what steps to take next. Specialist agencies and professionals are also available for help and support.