Women and domestic abuse
Recognise the signs of an unhealthy relationship and what you can do to get help
Women are more likely than men to experience domestic abuse and in particular sexual violence. Any woman can experience domestic abuse regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, sexuality, class, or disability.
Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. In most cases domestic abuse is from a partner or ex-partner, but can also be by a family member or carer. It is very common and in most cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.
Find out how we can help you and how you can get in touch.
The Woman’s Aid Survivor’s Handbook also provides practical support and information for women experiencing domestic abuse, with simple guidance on seeking support.
Myths and misconceptions about domestic abuse
He does not hit me so it is not abuse
Find out more about the different types of abuse.
Alcohol and drugs make men more violent
Domestic abuse always involves physical or sexual violence
Other abusive behaviours include:
- Coercive control
- Psychological abuse
- Financial or economic control
- Emotional abuse
- Online or digital abuse
Short free online awareness courses are available to help you understand more about domestic abuse.
He can be a good father even if he abuses me, it does not have to affect our children
An estimated 90% of children whose parents are in an abusive relationship witness the abuse. When a child witnesses domestic abuse it is child abuse.
Find out more about children and domestic abuse.
All couples argue – it’s not domestic abuse, it is just a normal relationship
Find out more about Recognising unhealthy relationships.
Domestic abuse only occurs in impoverished, inner-city areas
Domestic abuse is a rare occurrence
Domestic abuse is often a one-off incident
People experiencing abuse often provoke assaults and therefore “ask for it”
Domestic abuse is a private matter that others should not get involved in
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse phone 0800 69 49 999.
In an emergency you should always dial 999, if you are unable to speak because you are worried you will be overheard you can press 55 and the operator will know that you need assistance.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship
Recognising unhealthy relationships
What to look out for and signs that there is domestic abuse in a relationship
Directory of additional support services
Somerset Domestic Abuse Service is Somerset’s main specialist service which provides support to men, women and children who are affected by domestic abuse.
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8am to 8pm
7 days a week
0800 69 49 999
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call the Police
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