Anyone can experience domestic abuse regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability, ability or lifestyle.
PDAP believes that everyone has the right to live free from all forms of abuse and have the right to be free from potential or actual harm. We promote a zero-tolerance approach to domestic abuse with the belief that each individual case of domestic abuse should be given prompt access to appropriate, effective support.
The current Government definition of Domestic Abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse: Psychological, Physical, Sexual, Financial, and Emotional.
Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.”
This definition includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.