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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is any controlling, bullying or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse by a relative or intimate partner, or ex-relative or ex-partner.

It can happen to anyone regardless gender, religion, ethnic origin or sexuality. There are many types, such as:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Domestic abuse is not just one person hitting or threatening their partner. It covers a whole range of things, including belittling, constant criticism, isolating someone from their friends and family, sexual abuse and financial control. It can happen in short or long-term relationships, including marriages and partnerships, or after a relationship has ended and between close family members.

If you are 15 or under and any of these things are happening to you, or have done in the past, you can also come to us for support.

How you may be affected

We’re all different, but feeling anxious, scared, ashamed or even dependant on your abuser are all perfectly normal.

Domestic abuse is often not reported because the victim feels trapped and alone. The truth is, it can happen to anybody, and there is always a way out.

Steps you can take

If you think you are experiencing any type of abuse, or have done in the past, you must always remember that you can get support and help. Nothing that has happened to you is your fault.

You may feel alone and that no-one can help, but just talking to someone here about what you are going through will make you realise that there are people on your side. We can help you understand what choices are available to you and guide you to specialist organisations who can support you in making you and your family safe and moving forward.

Remember, if you are unsure, go with your instincts. Anything that doesn’t feel right probably isn’t.

Possible effects of domestic abuse

We are here to help you, please call us now. Calls are always treated in confidence. Call: 01609 643100

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