Domestic violence is the threat of physical or sexual violence, or the actual use of physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, financial or digital abuse against family members and those who are involved in a close adult relationship.
Domestic abuse can include coercive control, which is recognised as an offence under the Domestic Violence Act 2018. Coercive control is a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour that causes fear of violence or serious alarm and distress that has a significant impact on the victim’s day-to-day activities.
Domestic abuse can affect anyone; it is not confined to any specific cultural, social, or ethnic background or age group. Whilst the majority of victims are women, men can also be affected by domestic violence.
If you feel you are in danger, please contact the Gardaí on 999 or 112.