"Domestic violence is the physical, emotional, sexual or mental abuse of one person (usually a woman) by another, with whom they have or have had an intimate relationship. Domestic violence is rarely a one-off event. It tends to escalate in frequency and severity over time." (Definition from: Women’s Aid).
One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and every year about 24,000 stay in refuges after fleeing domestic violence. So if you are experiencing domestic violence, you are not alone.
There are many places that you can go for help.
Community Safety Partnership
The Community Safety Partnership offer useful advice including help on how to recognise an abusive relationship and a friends and family leaflet to download. Further information is available on the Community Safety Partnership website.
Women’s Aid provide lots of advice and guidance about how to keep safe and protect yourself and your children, legal advice and signposting.
They also produce a Domestic Violence Survivors Guide which may be helpful and a freephone 24-hour domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247. View the domestic violence survivors guide.
Locally, you can also contact your general practitioner (GP) or health visitor who will help you find a local service.