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Domestic abuse doesn’t solely consist of physical abuse. It is essentially a pattern of behaviour on the part of the abuser designed to control their partner. It can happen at any point in a relationship, including after a couple has split up.

Psychological  and emotional abuse is arguably just as damaging as physical violence. It can include name-calling, threats and manipulation and blaming the victim for the abuse in the first place. It’s a form of abuse that can grind a victim down over time and have devastating consequences if the victim feels there is no way out.

Help spot the signs of psychological abuse in your friends/ family members/ neighbours:

  1. Is there a change in their personality?
  2. Do they have low self-esteem and confidence issues?
  3. Are they experiencing low moods/ anxiety/ depression?
  4. Are they in a state of heightened agitation?
  5. Are they fearful of their partner?
  6. Do they talk about self harm or in extreme cases, suicide?
  7. Are they not looking like their usual selves? I.e. wearing a different style of clothes.
  8. Are they regularly missing social events or outings for no apparent reasons?
  9. Are you not seeing them as much or having as much contact as usual?
  10. Are they experiencing a worrying lack of sleep?

If you believe someone may be a victim of domestic abuse, please call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively call 101 to report an incident.

Financial abuse includes controlling a victim’s access to money or resources. They might take a victim’s wages, stop them working, or put them in debt.

Help spot the signs of financial abuse in your friends/ family members/ neighbours:

  1. Are there a worrying amount of unpaid bills?
  2. Do they never have any money to hand?
  3. Do they have easy access to money for food, clothing or medication?
  4. Are there any unexplained withdrawals of money from their accounts?
  5. Do their possessions keep going missing?
  6. Do they have access to some form of transport?

The integration of digital technology into our daily lives has seen the cases of online abuse rise across recent years. This may include a victim receiving abusive texts, the abuser demanding access to a victim’s devices or tracking them with spyware. It could even include the sharing of images of victims online.

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour. It does not happen overnight and is usually a gradual process.

Coercive behaviour 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 a victim. When an abuser uses a pattern of behaviour over time to exert power and control, it is a criminal offence. 20% of domestic abuse victims in our area are aged 18-25. Coercive control is a serious issue directly affecting the younger people in our society.

If you believe someone may be a victim of domestic abuse, please call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively call 101 to report an incident.

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 also on our support for victims page.