Queen's University is s committed to providing a positive experience and safe campus for everyone. We believe that incidents of domestic abuse are never acceptable.and the University takes a zero tolerance apporach towards such behaviour. Domestic abuse hurts individuals, communitiesand reporting it allows the University and the Police to better understand and deal with what is happening.
What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic Abuse can be broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviours and can be inflicted on anyone (irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any form of disability) by a current or former intimate partner or family member.
Family members include mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandparents, in-laws or stepfamily.
Domestic abuse can manifest in several ways:
- assault or threats
- sexual violence
- verbal or emotional abuse
- Financial control and social deprivation.
Domestic abuse is recognised as a pattern of behaviour which is characterised by the exercise of coercive control and misuse of power by one person over another. The behaviour is usually frequent and persistent and used to harm, punish or frighten the other person. This coercive control can also be covert in nature by a partner expressing negative opinions about a partners looks, their choice of friends or their derogatory remarks about their family etc.