Domestic abuse is when someone hurts or bullies another person in the family or their partner. It can happen between people who are going out together, living together, have children together or are married to each other. It is still domestic abuse even if they're not living together.
Domestic abuse is used by the abuser to control their partner.
It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. Domestic abuse is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it. Domestic abuse is a crime.
For further information and help on domestic abuse, watch this video from Scottish Women’s Aid.