Domestic violence is physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse – a pattern of controlling and abusive behaviour within an intimate or family type relationship.
If you are being abused there are three simple steps you can take:
• recognise that it is happening to you – domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour. Some abusers are sorry for their actions and persuade their partners that the abuse won’t happen again, but the violence usually gets worse
• accept that you are not to blame – it is not easy to accept that a loved one can behave so aggressively and because you can’t explain your partner’s behaviour, you may assume that you are to blame. You are not. It is your abuser’s behaviour that needs to change. There is no excuse
• get help and support – the most important thing you can do is to tell someone you can trust. Never be afraid to ask for help and remember in an emergency call 999
If you are a man or a woman experiencing domestic violence, get help and support – you do not have to suffer alone.
Domestic Abuse Partnership
Hull City Council
Tel: 01482 318759
Text phone: 01482 300349
A full list of additional services that can help people affected by domestic violence can be found at: www.hullcc.gov.uk