If you or someone you know needs support because of domestic abuse, please call us on 01453 764385

Domestic Abuse

Do you think you may be experiencing abuse?

We recognise domestic abuse to be a one-off incident or a pattern of incidents which include coercion, control, threats, violence, sexual violence, and isolation. These behaviours can be from a partner, ex-partner or family member.

  • Are you ever fearful or scared of this person?
  • Have you tried to leave the relationship before, but felt you had no choice but to return?
  • Do you often feel to blame or made to feel stupid?
  • Are you isolated from your family and friends?
  • Are you worried that you don’t know what they might do next?

These are often signs that you could be in abusive relationship.

Domestic abuse can include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological or Emotional abuse
  • Financial or economic abuse

Physical abuse can include:

  • Punching, kicking and biting
  • Harming with objects or weapons
  • Restraint, including strangulation
  • Burns

Sexual abuse can include:

  • Pressuring you to have sex, leaving you feeling like you have no choice but to say yes
  • Unsafe sex, no allowing you to choose or use contraception
  • Rape
  • Withholding sex
  • Unwanted touch

Psychological abuse can include:

  • Accusations of cheating
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Blamed for their behaviour
  • Putting you down, making you feel like you aren’t good enough
  • Asking where you are going or where you have been
  • Monitoring your movements, this could involve the use of technology and apps

Financial or Economic abuse can include:

  • Demanding your wages or benefits when you get paid
  • Not allowing you to have access to your own bank account
  • Stopping you from going to work or education
  • Taking out credit in your name

You may have had other abusive experiences. As a domestic abuse support service, we are here to help you understand what you have experienced, provide advice and guidance on how to keep safe, and explore other options that may be available to you.

Call us on 01453 764385 to talk through your experiences and discover how we can help. Our service is available Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm.