Domestic abuse is when someone uses a variety of tactics to assert power and control over a current or former romantic partner or spouse. The abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual or financial.
In most cases, domestic abuse is perpetrated by men against women. However, domestic abuse can happen in same sex relationships and can also be perpetrated against men by women.
Survivors of domestic abuse often experience isolation from friends and family; criticism and belittling; constant surveillance; and limited access to financial resources. They can be subject to a wide variety of crimes including physical assault, rape, coercive control, harassment, criminal damage and theft.
It is important to remember that abuse is not ok and it is never the fault of the victim. Everyone deserves to be safe and live life with dignity.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, there are many specialist organisations in Ireland who can support you.
The Crime Victims Helpline is a listening and support service for victims of crime in Ireland. We provide time and space for victims to talk about their experiences. We also answer questions about the criminal justice system and help victims understand their rights.
If you or a friend or family member has been impacted by crime, there are a number of organisation in Ireland who can help.