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What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any type of abuse taking place between adults aged 16 or over who are in a relationship. It can happen to anyone.

Most people think it happens to women but it happens to men too.

Abuse might be between married couples, boyfriends and girlfriends or between lesbian or gay couples.

You may also witness domestic abuse within your families for example, someone in your family may be hurting their partner and/or their child.

There are lots of different types of domestic abuse; hitting, slapping, pulling hair, biting, kicking, throwing things - but it's not just physical abuse. Find out about the different types of abuse and if you are being abused.

You can learn more about what domestic abuse is on the Women's Aid national website.