If you are suffering from domestic abuse there is help out there and you have a RIGHT to be protected and freed from such a situation. Domestic abuse is not limited to marriage. Forced marriages, FGM, controlling or coercive behaviour all amount to domestic abuse.
The cross-government definition of domestic violence and 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:
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
This is not a legal definition.
London Fatwa Council seeks to empower and free women in abusive marriages and homes. If you are suffering from domestic violence or abuse and require information about our domestic violence service, please fill out our form below. Every contact is treated in confidence.