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What is domestic abuse?

"Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, psychological or financial violence that takes places within an intimate or family type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. This can include forced marriage and so-called ‘honour crimes’.  Domestic violence may include a range of abusive behaviours, not all of which are in themselves inherently ‘violent.’”

(Women’s Aid Federation of England)

Domestic abuse can be financial, psychological, physical, emotional or sexual and there is no excuse for it.  It’s about someone you know trying to control your life - a partner, ex-partner, friend or family member. 

Domestic abuse can have a negative effect on your self esteem and wellbeing, as well as that of your children.  They do not have to witness the abuse to be affected by it.

  • Are you prevented from seeing friends or family or from leaving the house?
  • Are you constantly criticised?
  • Does anyone constantly check up on you or follow you?
  • Have you or your children been hurt or threatened?
  • Does someone control you and your finances?
  • Have you been forced to have sex against your will?
  • Are you afraid?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, it is possible that you are experiencing some form of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused or denied.  This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, mental or emotional rather than physical.  There are many types of domestic abuse.  These can include physical, emotional, mental, psychological, sexual, verbal, social, financial, stalking and damage to property.

Did you know?

Domestic violence is vastly under-reported but research shows that:

  • Today, 1 in 10 women will be experiencing abuse.
  • 1 in 4 women will experience abuse at some point in their lives.
  • Domestic abuse is the most common cause of depression in women.
  • On average, 35 assaults happen before the police are called.
  • Each week at least 2 women are killed by their partner or ex-partner.

Safe in Sussex is here to help and support you and your family.

Call our helpline now on 03303 337416

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