What is Abuse?

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If you are worried that someone you know may be affected by domestic violence then you can be left feeling helpless and unsure of how to approach the subject. We have put together a few guides to help you understand if domestic violence is the problem, how the person may be feeling and when it is appropriate to act.

Domestic abuse can be a really sensitive issue so please take some time to read our guides so you are able to identify any problems and help people help themselves.

Supporting Someone Who May be Experiencing Domestic Violence


What is Domestic Abuse?

There are some behaviours that people don’t recognise as domestic abuse, perhaps just thinking the partner is a little overbearing. However, there are many different types of domestic abuse that can have devastating effects on a person. It is important to know what you are looking for and what the warning signs may be.

Personal Safety Planning

If someone is still living with an abusive partner then it is important to try and create a personal safety plan. This could be anything from a code word with your children to having a bag packed at a relative’s home.

Supporting Someone Affected by Domestic Violence

Trying to be there for someone who is experiencing domestic abuse can be a difficult experience. It can be hard to know how to act or what to say, so we have pulled together our experiences with victims to provide guidance on the best way to deal with it.

Safe Browsing

If someone has decided to seek help by looking for information on the internet, it is important they know how to hide their tracks online.