Domestic violence covers controlling, coercive or threatening behavior, violence or abuse between people aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. It is most commonly experienced by women and carried out by men, but also happens in same sex relationships.
The topic includes the following types of abuse:
- emotional abuse.
- Options available to people affected by domestic violence
If you are the victim of an abusive relationship, you should get advice on your options, which may be to:-
- report the violence to the police
- leave home temporarily
- leave home permanently
- stay in the present home and get the person who is harming you to leave
- take legal action.
- Finding somewhere safe to stay
If you are a victim of an abusive relationship you may need somewhere safe to stay, either alone or with your children. The following options are:
- Remain at home if you think this is safe
- Stay with relatives or friends
- Remain in a women’s refuge. This is only an option for women (with or without children)
- get emergency accommodation from the local authority under homeless persons law – this will usually mean a bed and breakfast hostel
- get privately rented accommodation.
- Women’s Aid Refuges
- Women’s Aid Refuges are safe houses run by and for women suffering from domestic violence. Refuges help provide victims with somewhere safe to stay for both them and their children. Staff at these refuges are specialised in coping with domestic violence victims and can therefore provide both emotional and practical support.
- To find your nearest refuge you should contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline. Staff will do their best to find you somewhere safe and will also be happy to help with any questions you may have.
- Call for Help
- It may be necessary for victims as well as friends, relatives or neighbors of victims to call the police for help.
- People should not be afraid to ask for immediate help; domestic violence is a crime.
- Sometimes calling the police may be enough to make the abuser think twice before using violence in the future.
- When someone calls the police, they are asking for immediate protection to stop the abuse.
- The police will investigate the call and may arrest the batterer, make a written report of the abuse and provide the victim with referral information for domestic violence services in the area.
- Seek Medical Treatment
- Many injuries require medical treatment.
- Victims who have been physically or sexually abused should see a physician for complete medical evaluation.
- A detailed medical report that documents the victim’s injuries may be helpful in a legal situation.
- If possible, the physician should take color photographs of the injuries and place them in a sealed envelope.
- Seek Community Help
- There are many services available to help families struggling with domestic violence.
- There are various domestic violence hotlines and programs in the community.
- Such resources offer counseling, emergency shelter and referrals.
- Victims may seek support through their church, local police department or domestic violence agencies.
- The phone book provides the numbers of the state or local domestic violence agencies.
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