Nottinghamshire Insight

Domestic Abuse


Domestic abuse is defined as behaviour where:

  • Both individuals involved are aged 16 or over and are personally connected to each other, and
  • The behaviour is abusive


Behaviour is ‘abusive’ if it consists of any of the following:

  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Violent or threatening behaviour
  • Controlling or coercive behaviour
  • Economic abuse
  • Psychological, emotional, or other abuse.

Irrespective of whether the behaviour consists of a single incident or a course of conduct.

The 2021 Act identifies that children of domestic abuse survivors who have seen, heard, or experienced the effect of that abuse are survivors.


Domestic abuse can affect both women and men but not equally, women are much more likely to experience abuse than men.  Experiencing domestic abuse has a significant impact on the whole family and can have life long consequences for adults and children.  Support to flee to safety, recover from trauma and move on positively is key to breaking the cycle.  In 2021 the Domestic Abuse Act introduced a new definition along with a statutory duty for Local Authorities to provide safe accommodation support services.

Our Vision

Nottinghamshire is a place where survivors of domestic abuse receive the support they need to feel safe and rebuild their lives. Perpetrators are held to account for their actions by the police, criminal justice systems and wider services. Communities recognise and respond to domestic abuse early to prevent abuse from happening and support survivors and their families.


Below you can find a range of national and local information relating to domestic abuse:

JSNA chapters:

Local Info:

  National Documents: