Domestic violence and abuse can come in many forms and be affected by cultural challenges and myths that prevent people from identifying that they are abused and seeking help.
Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviours used by one person in a relationship to control, coerce, threaten or use threatening behaviour or violence on another person within the home or somewhere outside of the home.
Domestic abuse can happen regardless of ethnic background, religion, age, class, sexuality or disability and it can occur in all kinds of relationships including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transgendered partnerships and within extended families.
The abuse and/or violence can take many forms and may happen once in a while or more often and sometimes every day. The perpetrator could also use religion and culture as a way to justify the abuse and what they are doing.
Throughout the website we use the acronym BME as a short form to describe people of non-white descent in the UK. This includes Asian, Black, mixed and other ethnicity groups. We know that those that fall within this grouping are not all the same but we wanted adopt the term to ensure consistency with categories adopted by public bodies and our partners.