Reducing parental conflict

The difference between family arguments and domestic abuse

Parental conflict and domestic abuse are two separate things, but it can sometimes be difficult to work out if your relationship is abusive or just in a bad place.

Domestic abuse is not a one-off incident, but an ongoing pattern of behaviour in the relationship. It includes a range of behaviours which, once begun, repeats and often gets worse over time. Anyone can be a victim regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Coercive and controlling behaviour appears in all domestic abusive relationships to some degree. Find support on domestic abuse.

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