Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. It may be psychological, physical, sexual or financial. It can be between adults who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.
Behaviours used by a perpetrator of domestic abuse can include:
These behaviours are used by the perpetrator of the abuse to gain power and control. As a result, you may have lost confidence, feel depressed and have low self esteem and self worth. There are services available locally, who can help you to regain control of your life.
There is help available if you are suffering domestic abuse.
Other useful pages (external links) -
Counselling Directory a confidential website that encourages those in distress to seek help - http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/domestic-violence.html
Refuge's network of safe houses provides emergency accommodation for women and children when they are most in need - http://www.refuge.org.uk/
Men's Advice Line offers support and advice for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse - http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/
Samaritans is a national charity open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. If there's something troubling you, then get in touch - http://www.samaritans.org/
Victim support are a national charity giving free and confidential advice to victims of crime, their family and friends - http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
Support for Male Victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence - http://www.mankind.org.uk/
Women's Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. We support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK - http://www.womensaid.org.uk/