Domestic abuse is any controlling, threatening, coercive or violent behaviour by a partner, ex-partner or someone you live with. Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexuality or background. Looking out for the signs of domestic abuse could help someone you know.
Signs Of Domestic Abuse To Look Out For
Being in a relationship with an abusive partner can make you feel isolated. You may have kept the abuse from your family or friends, or you may not perceive your partner’s actions as wrong due to their manipulative behaviour.
If you are in an abusive relationship and can apply any of the following signs to your situation, it is important to know that it is not your fault and help is out there. If you are worried about a family member or friend, looking out for these signs of domestic abuse could save their life:
They isolate you from family and friends.
They bully, threaten, or control you.
They criticize you and embarrass you in front of others.
They manipulate you into doing things you don’t want to do.
They take control of your finances and/or steal from you.
They limit your use of technology to stop you from seeking help.
You’re afraid to turn down sex because of the consequences.
Getting Help For Domestic Abuse
It can be hard to recognize the signs of domestic abuse when you’re partner is manipulative and convinces you the relationship is ‘normal’ or ‘healthy’. That being said, if you feel like you’re being abused, there’s a good chance you may be, and it’s worth getting help. Free, confidential support and advice are available to victims and their concerned family members or friends, 24 hours a day.
Some examples of the help available include:
Refuge: a charity in the UK set up to help women and children experiencing domestic abuse. You can call their hotline on 0808 2000 247.
Men’s Advice Line: they are an organisation dedicated to helping male victims of domestic abuse through non-judgemental support. You can call their hotline on 0808 801 0327.
What To Do Next
Domestic abuse can have a devastating, lasting impact on victims and their families. Whilst domestic abuse occurs among adults, children can also suffer the consequences of domestic abuse. Here at Abuse Claims, our mission is to help our clients get the justice they deserve. We understand that abuse compensation will never make up for the abuse you have experienced, but it could provide financial aid if you require time off work or wish to enrol in therapy/counselling.