Understanding Abuse

Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, psychological or financial. 


Domestic abuse is the misuse of power and control by one person over another, within the context of a personal, intimate or family-like relationship.  It may make you feel like you’re being forced to change the way you think and behave, or that you alter your behaviour because you are frightened of your partner’s reaction. You may also be frightened for your safety or that of your children, pets or family, or may feel that you are being isolated and being taken away from your family and friends.


You are not alone, and there is support and advice available.

Who is affected by domestic violence and abuse?

People often think that domestic abuse is only about physical abuse, only happens to women, and that the perpetrators are always men. This is not true .

Domestic violence can happen to women and men, and it happens in straight, gay and bisexual relationships.  It can happen to trans people, young and old people and people with disabilities. It does not matter what ethnic background you are from, nor what religion you are. It is not just wives, husbands or partners who can be abusive, it may be a family member, or relative, or a partner who you don't live with.

Domestic abuse
Domestic abuse
Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can affect anyone, and whoever you are, NDAS is here to support you. The first step towards getting support is recognising what you are experiencing, and reaching out for help.

If you are unsure whether you are experiencing domestic abuse, or are concerned that someone you know may be in a violent or abusive relationship, read our Recognising Abuse page to find out more.