Domestic violence is sometimes called domestic abuse and it can involve physical, psychological, financial or sexual abuse from a partner or a family member

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Common signs of domestic violence relate to how you feel – remember that if you experience the description below, these are signs of domestic violence:

  • Physical: When a loved one physically hurts you on your body.
  • Psychological: When a loved one emotionally abuses you, calls you names and isolates you, making you feel worthless and hopeless. This enables the other person to gain power and control over you.
  • Financial: When a loved one has control over your money and property and gains power over how you spend your money.
  • Sexual: When a loved one persuades you to take part in a sexual activity when you do not give consent.

Ways to cope with domestic violence

  • Talk to someone: Try to talk to someone whom you trust and who will support you to get the right help at the right time.
  • Do not blame yourself: Often victims will feel they are to blame, as this is how the perpetrator will make them feel.
  • Listen to your thoughts/feelings: How do you feel? Is this normal? Do you feel loved?
  • Call the helpline for emotional and practical support: You can call the helpline for emotional and practical support anytime day or night – it’s open 24 hours.
  • Get some professional help: To really gain understanding of what is happening to you  seek emotional support from a talking therapy that works with domestic violence.
  • Write a journal: To understand how you are feeling – though only do this if you believe you have a safe place to keep your diary.

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