What is abuse?
Domestic violence is very common – research shows that it will affect 1 in 4 women in their lifetime, regardless of age, social class, race, disability or lifestyle. Domestic violence refers to a range of behaviours by a partner (male or female), family member or carer and can include emotional, physical, psychological, sexual and financial abuse.
You might experience:
• Emotional – constant criticism, being shouted at
• Physical – being slapped, kicked, bitten, hit, punched
• Psychological – prevented from seeing family and friends, stopped from going out to work, threatened with violence or told you may lose your children if you leave.
• Sexual – made to have sex, sexual degradation
• Financial – kept short of money, made to apply for loans in your name
This can make you feel that:
• you are worthless
• there is no choice but to put up with things
• as long as the children are OK it’s worth staying
• the children may be taken into care if you ask for help
• you couldn’t financially support yourself if you left
Remember – It’s not your fault…You are not alone… If any of these things are happening to you and you would like support we will do all we can to help you.
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