About Domestic Abuse

About Domestic Abuse

Our Definition:
“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 is affected by domestic abuse? What are some of the signs? What can I do?

Domestic abuse occurs regardless of:

Social class



Physical ability

Cultural background

Sexual orientation



A Victim or Survivor Might:
– feel afraid of their partner

-avoid certain topics out of fear of angering their partner

-feel that they can’t do anything right

-believe that they deserve to be hurt or mistreated

– might wonder if they’re the one who is crazy

– feel emotionally numb or helpless

A Perpetrator Might:

-humiliate, criticise, or yell at their partner
– blame their partner or agencies for their own abusive behaviour
– See or describe partner as a property or a sex object
– have a bad and unpredictable temper
– threaten to take the children away
– threaten to commit suicide if their partner leaves
– act excessively jealous and possessive

Victims and/or survivors can access programmes for support to empower them to make their own decisions.

Professionals can attend training to understand how to signpost and increase victim safety.

Perpetrators can access the Phoenix Respect Programme to change their behaviour and stop the cycle of abuse.

Professionals can attend training to increase knowledge and understanding of perpetrators of domestic abuse and how to signpost.


If you have more questions about domestic abuse or what to access support. Please call us on 01495 291202.

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