1 in 4 women as well as 1 in 6 men suffer from Domestic Abuse in their lifetime. Sometimes without even realising it...
Domestic abuse is often misconceived as a partner using physical violence to hurt their other half. In reality it can include any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
Abuse can be:
Abusers will often employ these techniques behind closed doors, whilst acting perfectly normal in public. However there are signs that could indicate a dangerous relationship. It's important to remember the following information are examples. Just because they are listed, it does not automatically mean someone is in danger of being abused.
Examples of hidden 'tells' include:
- Tapping a certain tune on a table at a pub or restaurant, with the couple leaving immediately after.
- Constant calls and texts, partners setting a strict time limit for social time. E.g. 8 minutes to walk to the shop and back
- 'Looks' to which one of the party keeps eyes down to.
If this is happening to you, it is important to remember that it is not your fault, it can be stopped and you need help and support to keep safe. Average high-risk domestic abuse victims live with DA for 2.3 years until getting help, don't be a statistic. If you feel in immediate danger as a result of domestic abuse, dial 999 straight away and wait in a safe place for the police to arrive.
How to get help
For general advice, information and support, please contact:
- Norfolk Police call 101
- 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline call 0808 2000247
- Leeway Support call 0300 5610077
Or contact the South Norfolk Help Hub on:
Call 01508 533933
Text ADVICE followed by your message to 87007