Advice for women
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence includes a range of behaviours: physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse. It happens within intimate relationships as well as between family members. It forms a pattern of bullying and controlling behaviours. It is rarely a one-off event and it tends to get worse over time. Abusers can be very manipulative in the way they use their power and control over you and may blame you and other factors for their abusive behaviours.
What kind of person experiences domestic violence?
It can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, disability, wealth, gender identity and lifestyle. The Men’s Advice Line speaks to straight and gay/bi male victims of domestic violence.
How do you know you are abused by your partner?
If you are forced to change the way you behave because you are frightened of your partner’s reaction, it is likely you are being abused. If you feel afraid, walking on eggshells, intimidated by your partner, it is likely you are being abused. If there is conflict in your relationship and your partner hurts you (physically, emotionally etc) it is likely you are being abused.
In an emergency always call 999.
Suffolk is working hard to keep you safe. All we need is for you to ask for help.