An explanation of some of the general terms used by staff working in the domestic abuse sector.
DV/DVA (Domestic Violence/ Domestic Violence and Abuse) is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. You can find out more about domestic violence and abuse on the Women’s Aid website.
SV/SVA (Sexual Violence/ Sexual Violence and Abuse) is any behaviour thought to be of a sexual nature which is unwanted and takes place without consent. Sexual violence and abuse can be physical, psychological, verbal or online. Any behaviour of a sexual nature that causes you distress is considered sexual violence or abuse.
VAW/ VAWG (Violence Against Women/ Violence Against Women and Girls) also known as gender-based violence and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), are violent acts primarily or exclusively committed against women or girls.