“Domestic abuse is any violent or abusive behaviour, whether physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, verbal or financial, which is used by one person to control and/or dominate another with whom they have or have had a relationship”.
Who does it affect?
Domestic abuse can be found in all walks of life and is an issue facing many families throughout every community, town and village and city in the UK.
Domestic abuse occurs regardless of:
- Social class
- Physical ability
- Cultural background
- Sexual orientation
Signs of an abusive relationship
- feel afraid of your partner much of the time?
- avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?
- feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner?
- believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated?
- wonder if you’re the one who is crazy?
- feel emotionally numb or helpless?
Does your partner:
- humiliate, criticise, or yell at you?
- treat you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see?
- ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?
- blame you for his own abusive behaviour?
- see you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person?
- have a bad and unpredictable temper?
- hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you?
- threaten to take your children away or harm them?
- threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
- force you to have sex?
- destroy your belongings?
- act excessively jealous and possessive?
- control where you go or what you do?
- keep you from seeing your friends or family?
- limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?
- constantly check up on you?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, this indicates that you may be experiencing domestic abuse. Please call us on 01495 291202.
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