What is Domestic Abuse

Definition of abuse:

Domestic Abuse is categorised by an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behavior, violence or abuse between intimate partners or those who are family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Psychological
  • Sexual
  • Financial

This definition includes honor-based abuse and forced marriage. Victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Effects of Domestic Abuse:

If you are suffering or know someone who is suffering from domestic abuse you may see some of the following effects:

  • Feeling frightened and or living in fear
  • Socially Withdrawn/ isolated
  • Loss of self confidence
  • Poor mental health
  • Lack of appetite / weight loss
  • Submissive behavior around a certain person

Effects Domestic Abuse has on children:

Children suffer from the impact of domestic abuse. Each child’s response will be different. Evidence shows abuse can impact on how a child develops into adulthood.

NSPCC – Domestic Abuse

If you think your suffering from abuse, you do not have to suffer on your own:

There are options available to you.

We will not tell you what to do, you have the right to choose and decide what you want to do whether you stay in the relationship or choose to leave. There are things that we can support you to do, that will help keep you safe as your safety is paramount.

We are a safe and confidential service, putting your safety first at all times.

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Have you been abusive or are you at risk of becoming abusive?

Are you concerned about your own behavior? Are you hurting someone you love?

You can get help to change your behavior and become more self aware.

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