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Recognising domestic abuse

Information & advice

How to recognise domestic abuse

Criticism and verbal abuse
Name-calling and put-downs, shouting, making you feel useless.

Intimidation and bullying
Glaring, shouting and smashing things, silent treatment, feeling like you are walking on eggshells, blaming you, making excuses for their behaviour, accepts no responsibility.

Threats towards you or the children, threats to kill themselves and threats to report you to Social Services.

Monitoring your location and telephone calls, controlling your movements and cutting you off from friends/family.

Stalking and harassment
One or more incidents of unwanted contact or attention from someone who is or is not known to you and being fixated or obsessed with you, and not accepting no for an answer.

Using coercion, force, intimidation or persuasion to make you engage in sexual ‘games’ or acts when you don’t want to.

This can include but is not limited to:
Pushing, punching, slapping, hitting, biting, kicking, pinning you down, holding you by the neck, strangulation, which could cause physical injury, harm, or death.

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