Violence with injury
Violence with injury
An abuser might be hurting their victim in a number of ways. One of these ways is through physical violence.
Physical violence does not only consist of hitting, slapping and punching. There may be biting and kicking, pushing and shoving, choking and sometimes even burning.
An abuser might physically restrain their victim or throw objects. They may pinch or shove the victim and then claim it’s a ‘joke’. Physical violence in any form is no laughing matter and is classed as a serious offence.
Help spot the signs of physical abuse in your friends/ family members/ neighbours:
- Are they displaying cuts/ bruises/ burns?
- Are there any marks around their neck?
- Do they have a black eye or black eyes?
- Is there an unusual pattern or location of injuries?
- Are they fearful of their partner?
- Do they make up excuses for wearing baggy and unseasonal clothes to disguise their bodies?
In the last year there have been 24,125 domestic abuse related crimes recorded in the Humberside area alone.
If you believe someone may be a victim of domestic abuse, please call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively call 101 to report an incident.
Sexual abuse is another form of physical violence - although it doesn’t always have to be physical. A victim may be manipulated or coerced into doing things they don’t want to do without being physically assaulted at all. The signs of sexual abuse can be harder to spot for friends, family members and neighbours due to the nature of the abuse.
On your street…
As a neighbour to a victim of domestic abuse you may start noticing something is amiss more quickly than others, due to the close physical proximity of your relationship. Look out for the following changes in a neighbour's behaviour/ situations:
- Are you not seeing your neighbour as often?
- Are there loud noises coming from their house and the slamming of doors?
- Are there seemingly an increased number of arguments?
- Is there lots of shouting and screaming at all times of day and night?
- Is your neighbour making excuses when they see other neighbours in the street to avoid conversations?
IMPORTANT: Do not confront an abuser directly. If you have any concerns for the immediate safety of your neighbour, call 999 and make a safe and private place for the victim. Talk to them calmly and offer your support. Do not pass judgement. Encourage them to contact the police, Crimestoppers (0800 111 555) or a domestic abuse helpline to talk to a professional for support.
If you are a victim of DA you can find details of where to go for help and/or support and the different protection notices or schemes which are available to you at the bottom of this page and here.