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Recognising the signs of Domestic Abuse

Recognising the signs of Domestic Abuse

  • Do you feel that your partner or ex partner controls you in any way: emotionally, physically, sexually or financially?
  • Are you feeling intimidated by your partner?
  • Does he or she shout at you, call you names, insult you , constantly criticise you, lie to you, follow you, check up on you, have other relationships, prevent you from seeing or phoning family and friends, tell you where you can and can’t go, what you can and can’t do, say, wear, eat or even feel?
  • Does your partner or ex partner threaten you in any way, withhold money from you, take your children away, threaten to kill you or someone close to you, commit suicide, report you to welfare agencies.
  • Has he or she hurt you physically, by slapping, punching, kicking, biting, pushing, burning or beating you?
  • Do you feel that your life has ever been endangered by your partner’s behaviour?
  • Are you forced to perform sexual acts or to have sex when you don’t want to?
  • Does he or she say that the abuse isn’t that bad, or that it’s your fault?
  • Is he or she charming in public but abusive in private?
  • Does he or she promise to change, beg forgiveness, and say it will never happen again?
You may feel humiliated, ashamed, or frightened by your partner or ex-partners behaviour, but domestic abuse is not your fault. And it will probably happen again.

You may feel humiliated, ashamed, or frightened by your partner or ex-partners behaviour, but domestic abuse is not your fault. And it will probably happen again.

Who Suffers from Domestic Abuse?

People suffer from Domestic Abuse regardless of their age, social class, religion, culture, ability, sexuality or lifestyle. An overwhelming majority of sufferers of domestic abuse are female, whereas perpetrators are usually male.

Who is to Blame?

The responsibility for the abuse lies with the abuser. If your partner or ex-partner is treating you in any of the ways listed, then it is not your fault despite what he or she may tell you.

Every person has a right to live free from fear, violence, abuse and harassment!!.