Domestic violence is often talked about in terms of physical, emotional and financial abuse. However, sexual violence can exist between those who are, or have been, intimate partners.
It may include non-contact abuse, such as being forced to look at pornographic material or being forced to engage in sexual acts with someone else. It may also include activities such as sending inappropriate messages and grooming, either online or face-to-face.
There are differences between sexual violence perpetrated by a stranger and sexual violence perpetrated by a current or former partner. These differences can sometimes make it more difficult to acknowledge that sexual violence is happening. Research suggests that sexual violence by a current or former partner can have a long-lasting impact on a person’s mental, emotional or physical health.