One woman in four and one man in six in the UK will be a victim of domestic violence during their lifetime, according to research estimates. Two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.
Domestic violence is officially classified as "any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship together, or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality".
It is the intentional use of physical force with the potential for causing death, disability, injury, or harm.
Victims can be anyone of any age, class, profession, race, nationality, gender or sexuality.
Physical violence includes, but is not limited to:
- Use of a weapon
- Use of restraints
- Use body, size, or strength against another person
It's abuse if your partner or a family member:
- Threatens you
- Shoves or pushes you
- Makes you fear for your physical safety
- Puts you down, or attempts to undermine your self-esteem
- Controls you, for example by stopping you seeing your friends and family
- Is jealous and possessive, such as being suspicious of your friendships and conversations
- Frightens you
If you or someone you know needs more information or help, come to the Portland Centre, where you will find genuine support to sustain you whilst you regain control of your life.
This is how we can help you
- A Portland Centre staff member will listen to your problem and discuss your options
- We will seek specialist advice
- If you need extra support, we will accompany you to meetings and appointments
- We will continue to support you throughout the journey to regain control of your life
Just call us on 01305 824333 or e-mail us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre staff member to receive immediate assistance.