About domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is when one person, within an intimate or family relationship, uses threatening behaviour or violence to control another against their wishes.

Types of abuse

  • emotional – being called names, being made to feel bad about yourself, being stopped from going out, being told what you can or can’t wear
  • financial – being kept short of money or not being allowed to make decisions about money
  • physical – being hit, punched, kicked, slapped or pushed
  • psychological – being told you are a bad parent, or that children will be taken away from you or being deliberately isolated from friends and family
  • sexual – being forced to have sex when you do not want to

Get support

If you are unhappy in your relationship and think you are being abused call the Domestic Abuse FreeFone line on 08006 949 999.  The service is open 24 hours and 7 days a week providing confidential advice and support.

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