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What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse can happen when someone who is in a close relationship abuses the other person in the relationship, for example people who are married, in a civil partnership, living together or in an intimate relationship. Ex – Partners can also be responsible for continued domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse can also involve extended family members. Domestic abuse is when one person abuses the other person in the relationship; the abuse can be Physical, Emotional, Sexual or Financial.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, it doesn't matter what their age, race or religion is or whether they have a disability; domestic abuse does not discriminate againt social background, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Domestic Abuse is the fault of the abuser and only the abuser it is not the fault of the person being abused.

Domestic Abuse is never the fault of a child or young person.

Types of physical abuse can include:

  • Hitting
  • Punching
  • Slapping
  • Kicking
  • Cutting
  • Forced Restraint (locking in house)
  • Choking
  • Burning

Types of emotional abuse can include:

  • Being called names
  • Being told you are stupid or useless
  • Being made to feel you have lost control of yourself or your mind
  • Being lied to about immigration status,
  • Being threatened by an individual or extended family member(s)
  • Being told you will lose your children if you leave or get help
  • Being made to feel that no one else will love you
  • Being manipulated by individual, extended family members and the community

Types of financial abuse can include:

  • Having no access to money
  • Having any monies taken (including wages and benefits)
  • Being forced to carry out unpaid work
  • Being forced/tricked in to making fraudulent claims
  • Being forced/tricked into signing financial documents
  • Being left with depts you had no knowledge of

Types of sexual abuse can include:

  • Being forced to have sex (rape)
  • Being touched in parts of their body against their will
  • Being expected to perform sexual acts with others
  • Being forced to watch sexual acts against their will (Pornography)
  • Being forced in to prostitution

Domestic Abuse not only affects the individual who is being abuse it also affects children and young people who may see or hear it.

If you or someone you know need support you can call someone in confidence 0141 353 0859

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