Dating a victim of domestic violence
Physical abuse (violence) can include pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.Verbal abuse is the use of harsh or insulting language directed at a person.Domestic abuse can have a significant impact on your emotional wellbeing, as well as sometimes affecting other relationships and your ability to live your life as you’d want to.Everyone reacts differently but some of the effects of domestic abuse include: We believe that all survivors of domestic abuse should be able to get the support they need to move on from the impact of abuse.Some of the indicators of children witnessing or experiencing domestic violence can include: If you’re worried a child is being abused, you can contact Victim Support for help.We can provide confidential support and information to parents, carers and teachers, as well as supporting children through our service for young people, You & Co.Psychological or mental abuse is when someone is subjected or exposed to a situation that can result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.Sexual abuse is when you’re forced or pressured to have sex without your consent (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping or being made to watch pornography.
The police are trained to respond effectively to survivors of domestic abuse.
Find out more about the legal orders that protect survivors of domestic abuse.
If you’re in an abusive relationship or have experienced domestic abuse in the past, we can help you move forward with free and confidential support.
If you’re not sure that you want to report the crime, you can talk to a victims’ organisation like Victim Support, and we can explain the options available to you and help you come up with a safety plan.
If you decide not to report the abuse, you can still get confidential support.You can contact us at any time, no matter how long ago the abuse took place, and we’ll support you for as long as you need.