Cambridge Domestic Violence Action Group

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence involves abuse between members of a family or a relationship. Domestic abuse occurs when intimidation is used to control an individual. If you are intimidated into acting differently, you may be in an abusive relationship. Domestic violence can be committed by both men and women, and the victims can be men, women, and children.

While it may not leave physical scars, emotional abuse is extremely harmful. Emotional abuse targets your personality. An emotional abuser may put you down, yell at you and/or isolate you.

Physical abuse includes everything from grabbing, throwing objects, punching and biting to violence so severe it causes death. Get help – physical abuse often gets worse.

Sexual abuse includes being forced to perform acts that you are uncomfortable doing. Marital rape is a crime.

Financial abuse is used to control individuals. A partner using financial abuse may take money, prevent their partner from holding down a job, control how money is spent and/or put bills in their partner’s name.

Domestic Violence: The Statistics

  • In the average week 2 women are killed by their current or former male partners.
  • Each year 1 in every 9 women is beaten by a male partner.
  • 1 in 4 women will face domestic violence during their lifetime.
  • More than half of reported domestic violence incidents also involved child abuse. Each year, 750,000 children are exposed to domestic violence.
  • 19% of reported domestic violence cases involved men being abused – approximately half of the perpetrators were men and half were women.
  • 5% of men report being sexually abused as children.
  • Every minute a domestic violence-related call is made to the police.
  • It is estimated that less than 40% of domestic violence incidents are logged with the police.