Domestic violence (also known as domestic abuse) can involve physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse. Usually, it happens with someone you are close to, either within a couple relationship or family setting. This type of abuse can affect anyone, regardless of ages, gender or social background.
According to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the police in England and Wales receive over 100 domestic abuse calls every hour. But, because domestic violence tends to happen behind closed doors, it’s hard to know exactly how many people are living in a domestically violent environment.
Here we’ll take a deeper look into the subject of domestic violence, including how to recognise the signs, deciding to leave and moving on from abuse. Whether you’re reading this because you believe you’re in an abusive relationship or you’re worried about someone else – know that support is available.