What is domestic abuse?


Domestic abuse is when you are controlled, bullied or threatened by your partner or a family member, who wants to gain control over you.

Most people think of women with a black eye when they think of domestic abuse, but abuse can also be mental, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial.

It doesn’t happen to one kind of person either – women and men of all classes, ages and backgrounds can suffer abuse.


How do I recognise abuse?


Do any of these statements remind you of your partner or someone in your family?

  • He/she criticises you and puts you down
  • He/she treats you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see
  • He/she ignores or puts down your opinions or accomplishments
  • He/she blames you for their own abusive behaviour
  • He/she sees you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person


These are ALL indicators of abuse.

If you recognise yourself or someone else in these statements, get help now.

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