Domestic abuse can include other criminal behaviours such as assault, stalking, coercive control, criminal damage and sexual crimes.

You have the right to be protected under criminal law if your partner has demonstrated any of these behaviours. (Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015, December 2015)

In a criminal law case, when a person is sentenced they may also have a restraining order imposed on them. Different restrictions will be placed on the offender, depending on the severity of the case.