Am I experiencing domestic abuse?

  • Are you afraid of your partner?
  • Do you feel isolated, bullied or belittled?
  • Does your partner cut you off from friends or family?
  • Does your partner verbally abuse you?
  • Does your partner physically hurt you?
  • Do you feel as if you are walking on egg shells?
  • Do you change your behaviour to avoid triggering an incident?
  • Does your partner threaten you or your children?
  • Does your partner control the money?
  • Does your partner force you to have sex or make unreasonable demands?
  • Does your partner accuse you of being unfaithful?
  • Does your partner say you are useless and couldn’t cope without them?
  • Does your partner have sudden changes of mood which dominate the house?
  • Is your partner charming one minute and abusive the next?
  • Are you afraid of making your own decisions?

If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions then you may be experiencing domestic abuse.

Please talk to someone you trust about it -- a friend, your health visitor, your GP -- or call a helpline (numbers listed in the sidebar on this page). You do not have to give your name but get advice. There is also lots of information on this website that can help you.

It is important for you to know that:

  • people will believe you
  • you are not alone
  • it is not your fault
  • you have the right to feel safe and live free of abuse

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