Domestic Abuse

Page updated on: 27/02/2020

Domestic Violence is when your partner or any other family member abuses you psychologically, emotionally, physically, sexually or financially. It can be one single incident or repeated abuse but usually it is a pattern of behaviour. If you feel intimidated by or frightened of your partner to the point where you feel that you have to change your behaviour you may be experiencing domestic violence.

Sexual Violence includes child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, prostitution, female genital mutilation, rape etc. Whenever it happened, whether repeated or a single incident, if it is against your will it is not acceptable. If you feel that your partner is intimidating you, if you're afraid that your partner's reaction will be aggressive or if you have been affected by sexual abuse then pick up the phone and call one of the support agencies listed on Dewis.

In an emergency call the police on 999.

If you answer 'Yes' to any of the following questions you could be in an abusive relationship or your relationship could become abusive.

Do you feel nervous around your partner?