PHYSICAL ABUSE – for example pushing, hitting, punching, choking, kicking, biting, spitting, burning and using weapons, restraining; giving too much medication or the wrong medication; assault with everyday implements such as kitchen knives; smashing someone’s possessions; imprisoning them; or forcing them to use illegal drugs as a way of blackmailing and controlling them. Female Genital Mutilation.
SEXUAL ABUSE – for example non-consensual, unwanted sexual activity – (forcing or pressuring someone to have sexual intercourse is rape) touching, groping, being forced to watch pornographic material or participate in it, being forced or blackmailed into sexual acts with other people; forcing children to watch sexual acts; sexual name-calling; imposition of dress codes upon […]
CHILD ABUSE We have been made aware through the press and news coverage of cases of child abuse. The abuse of children is particularly abhorrent. It can be as much about a lack of love and affection and care as it can be about physical or sexual abuse and we list here some of the […]
FORCED MARRIAGE – where one or both parties do not consent to their marriage (or are unable to due to vulnerabilities). Victims can experience physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressures from family members or their communities to get married which then can lead to issues of honour based violence.
HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE – when an incident or a crime has been committed in order to defend the ‘honour’ of a family or a community. These incidents are used as a means of controlling activity and behaviour within families and communities because of the ‘shame’ that is brought when an individual does not comply with […]