Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, includes a range of abusive behaviour (either physical, sexual, financial, psychological or emotional) between people 16 years or older, who are or were intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender.

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Domestic abuse can happen to anyone; partners; ex-partners; family members; regardless of sexuality or gender orientation, race, background or upbringing.

Children and young people can also be affected by the abuse that they see and hear, and they can be harmed as part of domestic abuse between adults. Young people may also experience abuse from their own boyfriend/girlfriend.

Domestic Abuse can be:

Emotional and psychological

Some examples of emotional and psychological abuse are listed here - this is not an exhaustive list and there are many more forms of this type of abuse:
  • Manipulating you to do what they want 
  • Constantly checking where you are 
  • Preventing you from seeing your friends or family or suggesting that you are better off without your friends or family 'interfering' 
  • Constantly putting you down Using the children to bully you or blackmail you to stay in the relationship 
  • Shouting and intimidating behaviour 
  • Stalking 
  • Harassment

Physical

Some examples of physical abuse are listed here - this is not an exhaustive list and there are many more forms of this type of abuse:
  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Slapping
  • Pushing 
  • Strangling or smothering you 
  • Threatening to hurt you or someone you care about 
  • Not allowing you to take medication or giving you too much 
  • Using weapons against you

Financial

Some examples of financial abuse are listed here - this is not an exhaustive list and there are many more forms of this type of abuse:
  • Not allowing you to have any money 
  • Deliberately getting you into debt 
  • Making you give up your job or stopping you from getting a job 
  • Forcing you to have your wages or benefits paid into their account

Sexual

Sexual abuse is when someone makes you do or watch anything of a sexual nature that you don't want to. It can include:
  • Rape 
  • Taking sexual images of you and then sharing them without your consent - or threatening to share them - this is often called Revenge Porn 
  • Making you watch pornography if you don't want to 
  • Making sexual comments to you that make you feel uncomfortable 
  • Sexual assault

Information, advice and guidance

Need to talk?

For confidential advice, information and support, call the Domestic Abuse Hub on 01302 737080.

This service is available 9am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday.  During this time the line might be busy so please keep trying or leave a message including whether it is safe to call you back and you will be called back as soon as possible.

Remember, always dial 999 in an emergency.

Outside of office hours some helpful numbers are:

  • National 24 hour Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247
  • St. Leger Homeless out of hours - 01302 736000
  • Mental Health Crisis team - 01302 566996

 

Last updated: 21 June 2019 08:51:28