What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is persistent and controlling behaviour by a partner or ex-partner which causes physical, sexual and/or emotional harm.
It often gets worse over time. It is very common. In most cases it is experienced by women and children and is perpetrated by men.
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If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you are not to blame, even if your abuser may say that you are. No one deserves to be abused.
If you are being abused you have choices. You may want to talk over your options with someone you trust or a worker from your local Women’s Aid.
Look after yourself
Whether you decide to end the relationship with your partner or not, it is important to look after your physical and mental health and to think about how to protect you and your children from harm.
You’re probably already doing many things to help protect yourself and your children. Women’s Aid can give you ideas about what has helped other women.
Call for help If you need immediate help or other support links view our list of contacts here.