Renfrewshire Council

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is a form of controlling and aggressive behaviour carried out by partners (or ex-partners) and can include:

  • physical abuse, such as assault and physical attack
  • sexual abuse, and
  • mental and emotional abuse.

This abuse may get worse during pregnancy. Below are examples of what form this abuse may take - but remember it's not exhaustive - you may suffer from other forms of abuse.

If you want advice or help, please phone and talk to us on 0300 300 0345.


  • Verbal
  • Humiliation - often in front of the children
  • Controlling and monitoring the woman's movements
  • Playing mind games
  • Distorting the woman's sense of perspective
  • Rejection
  • Denying her sleep
  • Threatening deportation
  • Extreme jealousy and possessiveness


  • Slapping
  • Pushing
  • Kicking
  • Hitting head of floors or walls
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Stabbing
  • Choking
  • Thrown downstairs
  • Holding under water
  • Neglect
  • Suffocated


  • Rape (including vaginally, anally and orally)
  • Sexual assault
  • Unwanted sexual intimacy
  • Penetration with objects
  • Coercive involvement in acts of pornography or unwanted sexual acts
  • Forced to get pregnant or have an abortion
  • Prostitution


  • Keeping women and children short of food/clothing
  • Controlling family income
  • Not allowing woman to work

No one deserves to be abused and you don't have to live with it.

Women and Children First is a project which could help you. If you would like more information or advice from them please contact them.