Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. It happens in all types of relationships.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. It happens in all types of relationship, regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability, sexuality, lifestyle, nationality or age.
Many people who’ve experienced domestic abuse say they didn’t recognise they were in an abusive relationship until they were out of it.
Domestic abuse can involve physical violence, where an abuser harms someone leaving visible marks and scars. But it can also be psychological – something that is referred to as coercive and controlling behaviour.
No matter who you are, or what form the abuse is taking we know that it is extremely difficult to come forward and talk about what’s happening.
It is not always possible to think clearly when you are experiencing an incident of domestic abuse. The following advice can help you plan ahead and help keep you safe.
As well as support for victims of domestic abuse there is also help available for perpetrators willing to take responsibility for aggressive, controlling or violent behaviours.
If you suspect that someone you know is in an abusive relationship it can be difficult how to help. You may feel that it’s none of your business, or worry about upsetting the person. But, abuse thrives on silence so starting the conversation is really important.