Domestic abuse is the intentional and persistent physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of a woman and her children in a way that causes pain, distress or injury and can lead to loss of life.
Domestic abuse can take many forms, each potentially as harmful as the next. We define domestic abuse as the intentional and persistent physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse of a woman and any children she has in a way that causes pain, distress or injury and can lead to loss of life. We know that domestic abuse is intrinsically linked with coercive control and that power and control are at the heart of many forms of abuse. At Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid we provide specialist services for women and their children due to the gendered nature of domestic abuse, however we also know that domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of age, social status or gender, and work closely with organisations such as MAP, who support men affected by domestic abuse, and The Rainbow Project, an organisation for LGBTQ+ people in need of support.
It’s important to understand that domestic abuse is not just about physical abuse; it comes in many different forms, each with its own harmful impact. Domestic abuse also affects women and children in different ways, depending on their circumstances. Click here to find out about all types of domestic abuse and how each affects victims.
We believe women and children have a right to live free from all forms of violence and abuse, and society has a duty to recognise and defend this right.