What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident and is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the perpetrator seeks power over their victim.

It is not just about experiencing violence, in fact the main aim of the perpetrator is to gain control over you. This can start off as emotional abuse or withholding your money, but can quickly escalate to physical assaults if the desired control is not achieved. Crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’, forced marriage and female genital mutilation are also considered acts of domestic violence and abuse.

In the majority of cases, domestic abuse is experienced by women and perpetrated by men, and is a gendered form of violence rooted in women’s inequality and characterised by patterns of coercive control.

We offer support to all people affected by domestic abuse regardless of gender.

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Testimonials

  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Sandra

  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Kerrie

  • "From the circumstances I left behind, I have felt safe living in this house. I have had good times and bad, but I am really grateful for all of your help, you have provided me with. Thank you." Ruth

  • "Thank you SDAS for teaching me how to play the game. I am back in control of my life and my self esteem." Donna