Domestic abuse is defined as:
Any incident (or pattern of incidents) of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged over 16 who are, or have been, intimate partners of family members. The abuse can encompass (but is not limited to):
The RFIP will take positive action in relation to all domestic abuse reports made to police.
It is important to remember that domestic abuse is caused by the abuser and their desire for power and control. It is not the fault of the person being abused.
You do not have to suffer alone. Help, advice and support is available.
Speak to your healthcare professional, social services or the police in confidence.
If you, or someone you know, is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, you may wish to consider using the Bright Sky App .Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app providing support and information for anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or for those concerned about someone they know. The Bright Sky app is available on Android devices from the Google Play Store, and on iOS phones from the Apple App Store.
The app features:
- A secure My Journal tool, where incidents of abuse can be logged in text, audio, video or photo form, without any of the content being saved on the device itself.
- Questionnaires to assess the safety of a relationship, plus a section on dispelling myths around domestic and sexual abuse.
- Information for anyone wishing to learn more about domestic abuse, including the different types of support available, steps to consider if leaving an abusive relationship, and how to help a friend affected by domestic abuse.
- Links to further resources and information on topics around domestic abuse.
Please note that the contact information and directories in the Bright Sky app are UK based. Help, advice and support is available in the Falkland Islands; speak to your healthcare professional, social services or the police in confidence.