Domestic Abuse definition

The 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 personally connected to each other, as defined by the following:
- they are, or have been married to each other
- they are, or have been civil partners to each other
- they have agreed to marry one another (whether or not the agreement has been terminated)
- they have entered into a civil partnership (whether or not the agreement has been terminated)
- they are or have been in an intimate relationship with each other
- they each have, or has been a time when they each have had, a parental relationship in relation to the same child
- a parental relationship to a child, if the person is a parent or had parental responsibility
- they are relatives

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