Domestic Violence

Have you ever felt afraid of your partner?

Have you ever changed your behaviour because you’re afraid of what your partner might do?

If you have, these are signs that you may be in an abusive relationship.

If you think you are worried, or you are not sure, there are lots of people who can help you. Domestic violence and abuse involves the misuse of power which can include controlling what you do and who you see, as well as control over your money, threats to hurt you or your children or physical violence.

This can be by a partner, an ex-partner, a carer or one or more family members. Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of their background. At some point in their lives, one in four women and one in seven men experience domestic abuse. Although it is common, it is not acceptable. If you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse, are worried about a friend/family member, or would like more information about spotting the signs, help is available.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police.

 

If you are not in immediate danger, please call one of the following helplines:


Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge)

Male Advice & Enquiry: 0808 801 0327


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It’s important to remember that you’re not to blame for any kind of violence or abuse and there’s help available to make you safe, your children safe and get your life back on track.