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Domestic abuse (part one)text here

domestic abuse rape abuse watford stevenage hemel berkhamstead hatfield cheshunt Domestic abuse affects every corner of society regardless of gender, class, age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or lifestyle.
It is a sustained pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour by one person (or group) over another. Domestic abuse will often escalate from something seemingly small such as name calling or threats, to incidents of physical or sexual abuse. It can begin at any stage of a relationship, sometimes continuing after a relationship has ended. It is not just about violence.
Domestic abuse is defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 and over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.  This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse: physical, sexual, financial, emotional and psychological.  It also includes forced marriage, so-called honour based abuse and female genital mutilation.
Domestic abuse does not only occur between a husband and wife. Domestic abuse occurs between intimate partners or ex=partners in a heterosexual relationship, in a same sex, bi-sexual, or transgender relationship, or civil partnerships and also between family members including mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, and grandparents – whether directly related, in-laws or stepfamily.

What should I look out for?

Ask yourself - does the person’s partner or family member:

  • Try to stop them from seeing their friends or family
  • Try to stop them from attending an educational course, or from going to work
  • Constantly check up on or follow them
  • Accuse them unjustly of flirting, having affairs or other forms of jealousy
  • Belittle or humiliate then, or regularly criticise or insult them in front of other people
  • Cause them to feel afraid
  • Deliberately destroy any of their possessions
  • Hurt or threaten them or their children
  • Kept them short of money so they’re unable to buy food and other necessary items
  • Set unrealistic expectations and expect them to be the perfect lover, friend and companion
  • Exhibit hypersensitivity and becomes easily insulted or upset
  • Display a negative attitude towards women


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