Domestic abuse takes place within an intimate or family relationship or between people who were previously in such a relationship.
Anyone can be a victim of abuse regardless of age, race, income, religion, belief, sex, disability, culture or sexual orientation.
However, some people may be more vulnerable to abuse.
For example, domestic and sexual violence happen disproportionally to women and girls. In Bristol, for example, 81% of domestic abuse cases involve women as victims and men as perpetrators.
Why does gendered violence happen?
For more information about gendered violence, visit The World Health Organisation’s website.