What is domestic violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.

Domestic violence affects people of all socio-economic backgrounds and education levels. Abuse is a repetitive pattern of behaviour to maintain power and control over an intimate partner. These are behaviours that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. Abuse includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. Many of these different forms of abuse can be going on at any one time.

Examples of abuse include:


According to The Advocates for Human Rights group, statistics indicate that domestic violence is a global epidemic. As per the World Health Organization (2013) (WHO) report, it was found that domestic violence affected 30% of women globally and is also the most prevalent type of violence against women. Further, WHO estimates that 38% of women who have been murdered are by an intimate partner and 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.

If you are experiencing domestic violence and need help, please see our Helplines (LINK TO HELPLINES PAGE)


Survivors Handbook – (LINK TO PDF ON BELOW LINK)


There are various programs in action to help women who are victims of domestic violence. Courses of action that are taking place:

Halo Project – http://www.haloproject.org.uk/

Calling the government to step up – http://ikwro.org.uk/campaigns/united-against-honour-based-violence/

Britain’s lost women – Kama Nirvana http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/

There is No Honour in Violence Against Women – Mosaic Canada http://www.vancouverdesi.com/news/nridiaspora/mosaic-tackles-honour-based-violence-against-women-and-girls/817730/

The Pixel Project “16 for 16” http://16days.thepixelproject.net/tag/india/

The India’s Daughter campaign aims to work closely with it’s partners to address the issue of domestic violence. Please visit our TAKE ACTION page, JOIN US as a partner and DONATE to help us in tackling domestic violence.