Recognise The Signs of Domestic Violence – The term Domestic Violence covers a wide list of violence and abuse against a person and can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused or denied. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abuse relationship or against another person is the first step to ending it.
One woman in four (and one man in six) in the UK will be a victim of domestic violence during their lifetime, according to research estimates.
two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner
|We think of domestic violence as hitting, slapping and beating, but it can also include emotional abuse as well as forced marriage and so-called “honour crimes”.|
|It’s abuse if your partner or a family member:
NHS Choices: provides a list of things to help you recognise the signs as early as possible and seek help. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/abuse/Pages/signs-domestic-violence.aspx
you don’t have to wait for an emergency situation
- Seek help – talk to a friend , a relative, your doctor, health visitor or midwife
- call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (calls from a landline are free)
- In an emergency, call 999
If you decide to leave
If you’re considering leaving, be careful who you tell. It’s important that your partner doesn’t know where you’re going. Planning is very important. If you decide to leave, it will help to take:
- documents, including birth certificates for your children, passports, any medical
- records, benefits books, and mortgage or rent details
- your address book
- house keys
- if you have young children: baby items, some clothes and a special toy for each child
Survivor’s Handbook from the Women’s Aid Charity
This handbook is free and provides information on a wide range of issues such as housing, money and your legal rights.
The handbook is available as a downloadable PDF in 11 languages http://www.womensaid.org.uk/landing_page.asp?section=0001000100080004