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Domestic Abuse

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Domestic Abuse/Violence is defined as any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender.

These findings are supported by evidence from the British Crime Survey (1998) that estimated that one in four women will experience violence within an intimate relationship. The BCS discovered that while half of the victims do speak to someone, usually friends and relatives, the Police were only informed of 12% of the incidents reported to the BCS.

Could you be a Victim?

Have you suffered from any of these at the hands of a spouse, partner or member of your family?

  • Physical Assault
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Rape
  • Threats
  • Destructive Criticism
  • Pressure Tactics
  • Disrespect
  • Breaking Trust
  • Isolation
  • Harassment
  • Economic abuse

If you have suffered from one or more of the above, then you are a victim of Domestic Violence. You are not to blame - please ask for help and support.

Do you need or want help?  Then contact any of the following organisations now:

Organisation: Tel. No:
Women’s Aid – National 24-hour Helpline 08457 023 468
Refuge 08705995443
Victim Support 08453030900
Shelterline 08088004444
Health Service (see phone book for local numbers)  
The Samaritans 08457 909090
NSPCC Helpline 08088005000
Careline 02085141177
Broken Rainbow
(for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexuals experiencing Domestic Violence)

The abuse can start at anytime in a relationship whether it is new or long-standing. Help is out there. You are not alone.

Womens Aid
A national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. National 24hr confidential domestic helpline 08457 023 468. You do not have to be in an emergency situation to phone.

BBC Website on Domestic Violence
Excellent Source of advice and information, including advice for male victims.

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