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Recognise the signs

Recognising the signs of domestic abuse is the first step to getting help.

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Also known as domestic violence or DV, domestic abuse is a pattern of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse by one person against another in a home or family setting.

It can happen to anyone - regardless of gender, age or culture - and can exist in any relationship - with partners, ex-partners or relatives. It can affect children too and there is evidence that DV often occurs alongside child abuse within families. Read more about how DV affects children »

Domestic abuse can take many forms and includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physical
    Assault, punching, kicking, hitting, forced imprisonment, biting, strangling, burning, dragging, using weapons, throwing objects.
  • Sexual
    Rape, sexual assault, forced prostitution, degradation, using objects, forced to watch or act in pornography.
  • Psychological
    Verbal or emotional abuse, threats to kill, blaming, mind games, criticism, accusations, jealousy and obsessive behaviours, manipulation, sleep deprivation.
  • Financial
    Preventing a person from getting or keeping a job, taking money, not permitting access to or withholding family income.
  • Isolation
    Not being allowed to see others, to see who you want, denied any form of contact with family or friends and any other support networks.

Domestic abuse is never acceptable.

If you are in an abusive relationship, or you know someone who is, advice and support is available.

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