Domestic violence or abuse can happen to anyone. It is important to be able to recognise the signs and know where to get help and support.
Domestic violence can also be called domestic abuse. It includes physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members.
Domestic violence can happen against women and against men, and anybody can be an abuser. Abusive people hardly ever change their behaviour, however much they promise to. Abuse almost never stops by itself; it just gets worse over time. If you are in a situation where someone is hurting you, even if it's someone you love, it's not your fault and seeking help and advice is the best option.
Signs of domestic violence and abuse
There are different kinds of abuse, but it is always about having power and control over you.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you might be in an abusive relationship.
Does your partner ever:
Threats and intimidation
Does your partner ever:
The person abusing you may physically hurt you in a number of ways.
Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, whether they're male or female.
If your partner has sex with you when you don't want to, this is rape.
Financial abuse refers to the control of another person through money.
Does your partner ever
Help and support for Domestic Violence
If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, there are lots of people who can help. You don't have to wait for an emergency situation to seek help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone and remember you're not alone. This may be tough and you may need help and support.
If you are in immediate danger call the Police on 999
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Women can call 0808 2000 247, the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge
They are a registered charity that provides support, advice and counselling to men, women and young people of any age affected by any form of sexual violence; over the areas of Cheshire and Merseyside. They have a specialised counselling service and also the support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). The ISVA offers support and advice through the police process and any subsequent legal proceedings.
How to Access the Service: Anyone can be self-refer themselves to RASASC, or referrals can also be made by other agencies (GP, Social Worker etc).
RASASC is located in St Helens, Millennium House, Bickerstaffe Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1DH
Tel: 01744 877987
For more information please visit:
Cheshire East: 01260 697900
Cheshire West & Chester: 01244 907710
Halton: 01928 477980
Knowsley: 0151 218 7960
St. Helens: 01744 877987
Warrington: 01925 221546
Domestic violence affects men too.
Respect offers information and advice to people who behave in abusive ways, as well as to those who are victims of abuse. Nothing is so bad you can't talk about it.
For more information please visit http://respect.uk.net/
Other services that can help you
National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) provides a fast, free emergency injunction service.
Mens Advice Line – Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Tel: 0808 8010 327
Broken Rainbow (Gay and Lesbian Support) Helpline - 0300 999 5428
firstname.lastname@example.org Gallop support for hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.
Safe Place Merseyside, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for the Merseyside Area
Tel: 0151 295 3550
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