Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as “an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence”.
In the majority of cases domestic abuse is committed by a partner or ex-partner, but the perpetrator can also be a family member or carer. Sadly, it is very common.
People often do not realise they are the victim of domestic abuse, and it can take many years before they are able to recognise the patterns and behaviours they are experiencing. This is not your fault.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following: - • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence) • Psychological and/or emotional abuse • Physical or sexual abuse • Financial or economic abuse • Harassment and stalking • Online or digital abuse
Remember, domestic abuse can happen to anyone and you are not alone. You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to seek help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it is important to tell someone whether that is a friend, doctor, the police or a solicitor. These people can support you, at your pace, to safeguard you and help you make decisions as to what you want to do. You are in control.
Further advice can be found at the below websites: -
Men's Advice Line: confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members). We help by: giving you time to tell your story; offering emotional support; providing practical advice; signposting you to other services for specialist help.....
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