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What is Domestic Abuse?

Do you think you might be in a relationship, or know someone in a relationship, where things are ‘just not right’?

Is your partner, or the partner of someone you know, nasty, mean or abusive towards you or their partner?

And, when we say abusive, we don’t just mean being hit or kicked. This can also be verbal abuse (names, threats etc) and emotional abuse (ignoring you, making you/a person look stupid, making you/a person doubt yourself etc).

What is Domestic Abuse (DA)

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behavior, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional
  • economic

- thanks to PC Jon Hewett, Sandwell Education Partnership Officer, West Midlands Police and Maryrose Lappin, Sandwell MBC Domestic Abuse Team Manager, for this definition

The following sites have good information and downloads on domestic violence.

http://www.socialworkerstoolbox.com/category/domestic-abuse/domestic-abuse-children/ - this has resources for children to understand domestic abuse and how to cope for children. this has some good resources aimed at professionals to understand domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation. this also has videos about feeling safe for children and other books and videos that can be downloaded for children to access as well.

http://thehideout.org.uk/children/is-it-happening-to-me/ - this one has got some interesting information for children and also a questionnaire to highlight if there is domestic abuse at home and what support they can get.

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/downloads-and-resources/children-young-people/ - this women's aid site has a lot of posters and resources for professionals and children on domestic violence.

https://blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk/ - Black country women's aid has a lot of information explaining Domestic abuse and child exploitation for agencies, parents and carers.

You can also contact the police:

  • In an emergency – 999
  • To ask for some help or support – 101

No one deserves to be treated this way, please seek help for yourself, or someone you care about, if you feel you need to.