Domestic abuse

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If someone who is supposed to love you makes you feel afraid, you could be a victim of domestic abuse.

It can happen to anyone, no matter who they are. Men can also be victims.

It can happen between current or ex-partners and between family members.

Get help

Where to go for help  

Help is out there and you will be taken seriously. If you don’t want to speak to the police or other organisations, tell someone you trust. This could be a friend, your GP, your housing officer, social worker or support worker.

What domestic abuse is

Domestic abuse can include:

  • Physical violence - including hitting, kicking, pushing, slapping, hair pulling, throwing things
  • Psychological and emotional abuse - including threatening to hurt someone, stopping someone from seeing other people, humiliating, blaming or controlling, intimidating or harassing someone, verbally abusing someone and bullying
  • Unwanted sexual behaviour - anything that makes someone else feel uncomfortable, including sexual comments, leering, groping, rubbing indecent acts, taking photos of a sexual nature without consent, sexual assault and rape
  • Controlling behaviour - including controlling access to personal items, food and drink, certain items of clothing, using the phone and internet and checking where someone has been
  • Financial abuse - including controlling access to money or forcing someone to spend their money in a certain way, stopping someone from working.

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