Domestic violence is physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse - a pattern of controlling and abusive behaviour within an intimate or family type relationship.
If you are being abused, threatened or physically assaulted by a partner, former partner or a family member, that is domestic violence. As well as actual physical violence, domestic violence can involve a wide range of abusive and controlling behaviour including -
- physical attacks
- financial control
- emotional abuse
Anyone can experience domestic violence, it happens in all kinds of relationships and for any reason, regardless of -
It's rarely a one off event.
If you are a victim of domestic violence
If you are being abused there are three simple steps you can take -
- recognise that it is happening to you - domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour. Some abusers are sorry for their actions and pursuade their partners that the abuse won't happen again, but the violence usually gets worse
- accept that you are not to blame - it is not easy to accept that a loved one can behave so aggressively and because you can't explain your partner's behaviour, you may assume that you are to blame. You are not, it is your abusers behaviour that needs to change, there is no excuse.
- get help and support - the most important thing you can do is to tell someone that you can trust. Never be afraid to ask for help and remember in an emergency call 999
If you are a man or woman suffering domestic violence, you can also get help and support from us - you do not have to suffer alone.
If you are violent to your partner
If you have have been violent or abusive to your partner, you can get help to stop your domestic violence.
Find out more about support to stop your domestic violence
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