You can speak to your health visitor, midwife, or GP who are trained in supporting and signposting people with concerns around domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can be defined as an incident of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Harassment and stalking
- Online or digital abuse
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and take place in any home. It can happen in same sex relationships and between family members. If you have any concerns about yourself, a friend, neighbour or relative and would like to speak to someone about this, please visit the Herts Sunflower website.
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- Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline: Call: 08088 088 088
- Safer Places Triple R course – Aa free Therapeutic Programmes available to Hertfordshire women. Triple R is Safer Places’ main Trauma informed Domestic Abuse Programme which has three aims:
- To enable victims/survivors to recognise the abuse and its impacts on them and their children.
- To enable them to recover from the abuse and support their children to do so
- To develop resilience by building on their strengths and addressing challenges in order to build a better sustainable safe future for themselves and their families
- To access relationship advice, visit the Family Lives website