About domestic violence
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 may be experiencing:
- 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
Are you feeling 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 is 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.