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The UK government defines Domestic Violence as :
"Any incident of threatening behaviour, abuse or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality." This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called 'honour killings'. (Home Office 2006)
The Government defines an adult as any person aged 18 years or over. Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, and grandparents, whether directly related, in laws or stepfamily.
In tackling Domestic Violence a National plan has been developed which focuses on:-
• reducing the prevalence of domestic abuse
• increasing the rate that domestic abuse is reported
• increasing the rate of domestic abuse offences that are brought to justice
• ensuring victims of domestic abuse are adequately protected and supported nationwide
• Reducing the number of domestic abuse related homicides
Although there has been a long history in the US and Canada that recognises Teenage Domestic Abuse this has only been accepted very recently in the UK. In an attempt to raise awareness of domestic abuse in teenage relationships, the UK developed a national advertising campaign which was launched on 15th Feb 2010. It aims to do this through a £2m TV, radio, internet and poster campaign that will target boys and girls aged 13 to 18, urging them not to use abuse against their girlfriends.