In July 2015, Humberside Police changed the definition of what we classed as domestic abuse to coincide with the national classification, this means; violence, physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual abuse or threatening behaviour can be crimed as domestic abuse between any family member, whether that would be mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step family.
It is estimated nationally 1.2 million women and 800,000 men suffered domestic abuse in the last year, according to Home Office Statistics. It is believed nationally only 16% of domestic abuse is reported to the police, which means that most suffer in silence. The most common reasons for not reporting the abuse given were i) the abuse was too trivial or not worth reporting (42%), ii) it was a private family matter and not the business of the police (34%) and the victim did not think the police could help (15%).
WHAT IS DOMESTIC ABUSE?
Domestic abuse is about the misuse of power and the exercise of control by one person over another within an intimate relationship or family type relationship.
This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of control: Psychological, Physical, Sexual, Financial or Emotional.
That means women, men, individuals in same sex relationships and family members can experience domestic abuse and the perpetrator could be a family member, partner or ex-partner.
It is possible a victim does not realise what they are experiencing is domestic abuse.
The national definition of domestic abuse is: Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.