Whether overt or subtle, domestic violence can tear families apart, turning the place where people should feel the safest into a battleground.
The impact of having to deal with this type of abuse, often over a span of years, can result in the victim/survivor having low self-esteem, thoughts of suicide, and a general feeling of hopelessness.
At Haven, we can support you to make positive changes and reclaim your life.
Domestic violence is an umbrella term which includes any pattern of abusive or controlling behaviour in a relationship.
Over time, it leads to the abuser being in a position of power over their victim(s).
The abuse may be financial, physical, spiritual or emotional/psychological and can impact those in a romantic relationship or between family members, including children.
If you are a victim/survivor of domestic violence, you are not alone.
Domestic violence can manifest itself in a number of ways…
As well as physical harm and sexual abuse, it can include intimidation, humiliation, belittling, and playing mind games.
Abusers will often try to isolate their victims from the outside world, controlling who they can see and where they go. Exerting control by taking over the victim’s finances is also another form of domestic abuse.
The abuser may be unpredictable, prone to jealousy and outbursts between periods of relative calm and may also blame the victim for their behaviour.
Remember that abuse is never the fault of the victim – this is not your fault.
Finding the strength to leave an abusive relationship is not easy.
Often people who are being abused are facing an ongoing battle, having to constantly use coping strategies just to make it through the day safely.
We’re here to help.
Haven provides emotional and practical support to anyone who has suffered domestic violence.
We can work with you to put your past behind you and start on your journey toward a brighter future.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can call Fauzia on 020 0520 0755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org we’re waiting to hear from you.
If you are in immediate danger, please contact the police by ringing 999