Domestic Abuse

Women’s Aid defines…

Domestic abuse is the intentional and persistent physical or emotional abuse of a woman, or of a woman and her children in a way that causes pain, distress or injury.

Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse.

Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

For me, it was being able to talk to someone who understood what I was going through and how it affected me when I didn’t understand it myself.

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The service made me realise that I’m not alone. That I was believed. As not being believed was my biggest fear.

Indicators of Domestic Abuse…

Below are lists of indicators that you may be experiencing domestic abuse in your relationship.
Abuse can take on many forms therefore these lists are only examples, your experience will be individual to you. If you think you may be experiencing domestic abuse, you can call us confidentially to discuss your worries.
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I can stand up for myself and I don’t feel “crazy” anymore.

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The service has helped me to find myself again, gain back my lost confidence and made me aware of how complex domestic abuse is and how to recognise it.

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It has helped me get my confidence back and helped me realise I'm not mad as my former husband would have had me believe.