Domestic violence does not just mean that your partner is hitting you. The abuse can be psychological, physical, sexual or emotional.
Domestic violence can also include many things, such as the constant breaking of trust, psychological games, harassment and financial control. It is rarely a one-off incident and is usually a pattern of abuse and controlling behavior.
It can affect adults in all types of relationships and can also involve violence between parents and children.
If you are in an abusive relationship, there are three important steps you must take:
- recognise that it is happening to you
- accept that you are not to blame
- get help and support
Refuge and Women's Aid can both offer you the help and support you will need
You're not alone
Call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on
0808 2000 247