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Understanding Abuse

Domestic abuse is a pervasive and deeply concerning issue that affects countless people at some point in their lives. Alarming statistics reveal that 1 in 3 women will experience psychological violence, while 1 in 6 will endure physical and sexual violence. Abuse takes various forms, but at its core, it involves one partner using manipulative tactics to exert power and control over another within an intimate relationship. This cycle of abuse often leads to escalating harm over time.

Coercive Control

Coercive control is a particularly insidious aspect of abusive relationships. It involves a range of actions aimed at making one person subordinate and dependent, ultimately shrinking their world. This may include isolating you from your support systems, exploiting your resources for personal gain, denying you the means for independence, resistance, or escape, and closely monitoring and controlling your everyday behavior. Coercive control encompasses emotional, physical, financial, and sexual aspects of domestic abuse, often accompanied by threats.

Coercive control is a CRIME. It is NOT your fault, and it is NOT ok.

Abuse and Children

Children are not passive observers in the context of domestic abuse; they are active individuals profoundly affected by their environment. Exposure to domestic abuse can have far-reaching and damaging consequences for children and young people. It can influence their cognitive processes, emotional well-being, and behavioural patterns in harmful ways. Protecting children from the effects of abuse is of paramount importance.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, it is essential to reach out for help and support. You are not alone, and there are resources available to assist you in breaking free from the cycle of abuse.

Call us on 041 9844550 or Freephone 1800 929 999.

Recognising Signs of Abuse

If you recognise any of the statements below, maybe you should contact us on 041 9844550 or Freephone 1800 929 999.

My Partner:

Exerts Control

Stops me from seeing family or friends

Stops me from leaving the house

Watches my movements and constantly checks on me

Stops me from contacting my children because I left

Intimidates Me

Accuses me of flirting or having affairs with others

Constantly belittles, humiliates, and criticises me

Threatens to take away my children

Demonstrates Physical Aggression

Punches, slaps or kicks me in parts of my body/or threatens to

Pinches and/or bites me

Strangles or gags me to stop screaming

Has destroyed my belongings or property

Threatens to hurt my children

Threatens with knives/sharp objects

Controls Finances

Controls all the household money and bills

Won’t let me have access to bank accounts

Does things that prevent me from going to work

Sexual Violence

Forces or harasses me to have sex

Has beaten and raped me (also while I was pregnant)

Forced me to participate in sexual activities I don’t want to do

Uses Technology to Exert Control

To threaten to/or has put up intimate images of me online

Check my phone and online accounts including likes

To track where I am

I Often:

Feel afraid

Change my behaviour from fear of confrontation and what might happen

Ask my children to stay quiet so as not to upset my partner

Encourage my children to hide their emotions

Feel isolated from my friends and family

Doubt myself

Believe I have no control over my life

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