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Recognising abuse

This list may help you to identify whether you are experiencing domestic violence:

  • Signs of abuse
    • Are you afraid of your partner?
    • Do you feel isolated? Does they cut you off from family and friends?
    • Are they jealous and possessive?
    • Do they humiliate or insult you?
    • Do they verbally abuse you?
    • Do they say you are useless and couldn’t cope without them?
    • Do they physically hurt you? Do they shove, slap, punch or kick you?
    • Have they threatened to hurt you or people close to you?
    • Do they constantly criticise you?
    • Do they have sudden changes of mood which dominate the household?
    • Are they charming one minute and abusive the next? Like Dr Jekyll / Mr Hyde?
    • Do they control your money?
    • Do you change your behaviour to avoid triggering an attack?
    • Are you unsure of your own judgement?
    • Do they damage your possessions?
    • Do they smash up the furniture?
    • Do they threaten to harm or kill the pets?
    • Do they threaten to kidnap or get custody of the children?
    • Do they drive fast because they know it scares you?
    • Do they tell you what to wear or how to do your hair?
    • Do they lock you out of the house during an argument?
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Page last reviewed 24/11/2016