Types of Abuse

Domestic Abuse is defined as any incident, or pattern of incidents of controlling,  coercive of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been personally connected.

Whether intimate partners or family members, abuse can take place regardless of gender or sexuality, culture or social background. Abuse literally means to mistreat, to misuse and take advantage of in an improper, harmful way.  

Abuse comes in many forms:


It is very common for an abused person to think they are to blame or are responsible for the abuse – this is never the case!  Sadly, someone experiencing abuse may not realise or believe they are actually being abused and often accepts what is happening as ‘normal’.

The effects of abuse can leave a person feeling fearful, unsafe, isolated, trapped, intimidated, hurt and confused. Abuse affects a person’s wellbeing – their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and can have a life-long impact.

Scars Across Humanity – is an in-depth exploration of the breadth, intensity and root causes of gender-based violence against women, and the resources we need to draw on in order to make a meaningful and effective stand against it.

If you are experiencing or have experienced abuse please know it is not your fault – abuse is never right. If you need someone to talk to or want to find out more about our services contact 07731878076 or email info@thecrossingpoint.co.uk

National Domestic Violence 24hr helpline 0808 2000 247 or If you are in danger or at risk of injury, always call Emergency 999