Domestic violence or abuse can be an isolated incident or a series of incidents where the perpetrator displays controlling, coercive, threatening and violent behaviour. We typically see cases in domestic violence by a partner or former partner, but also by immediate family members, other relatives and family friends.
Domestic violence and abuse can include, but is not limited to the following types of abuse: (Domestic violence or abuse can be an isolated incident or a series of incidents where the perpetrator displays controlling, coercive, threatening and violent behaviour*)
• Physical or sexual abuse
• Psychological abuse
• Emotional abuse
• Coercive control
• Verbal abuse
• Financial and economic abuse
• Stalking and harassment
• Online/digital abuse
We understand that no one case of domestic abuse is the same. We have set out below, some examples of behaviours which constitute abuse to help you recognise these:
• Physical abuse occurs when someone uses a part of their body or an object to control a persons actions, i.e. being pushed, slapped, beaten or restrained.
• Psychological abuse - acts such as isolation from others, verbal aggression, threats, intimidation, control, harassment or stalking, insults, humiliation and defamation.
• Emotional abuse – constantly arguing or opposing, signs of jealousy and possessiveness, attempts to control behaviour.
• Coercive control - control with the threat of physical or sexual violence, degrading, intimidation and isolation.
• Sexual abuse – forcing someone to take part in any sexual activity against their wishes.
• Harassment and stalking - following you, not allowing you any privacy, repeatedly checking to see who has phoned you, embarrassing you in public, accompanying you everywhere you go.
We are here to provide Emotional Support for anyone suffering from Domestic Violence. We are able to offer each individual three 20-minute sessions, where you will have an opportunity to speak about what you are going through. We are here to listen.
Our specially trained Emotional Support Workers will listen to your concerns and where appropriate, they will suggest next steps – which will typically involve referring you to other support services that can assist you for a longer period of time. We will discuss these options with you to be able to find the best possible solution for you – one that you are comfortable with.
There may be some instances where we identify safeguarding issues that we must escalate for the sake of you and/or another person's welfare (such as a child).
If you would like to speak to one of our Emotional Support Workers please click [here] to book an appointment or call [insert number].
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police. If you are feeling extremely vulnerable and having thoughts of harming yourself or ending your life, please call 999 and seek help.
If you are unable to speak to Supporting Humanity, there are other services, which you can contact to seek emotional support:
116 123 (freephone)
0808 168 9111
Provides emotional and practical support for people affected by crime and traumatic events.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247
Surviving Economic Abuse
0132 363 5987 (Financial Support Line)
Information and resources for women who have experienced economic abuse. Also a helpline offering advice to those experiencing domestic abuse in financial difficulty, run with Money Advice Plus.
0207 034 0303
0808 802 0808 (freephone)
07717 989 022 (textline)
Support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and anyone supporting them. Includes a helpline, text support and email counselling.
Provides online counselling, therapeutic groups and couple counselling to men over 18 who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives.
0800 999 5428
Provides support for individuals in the LGBTQ community who are experiencing or have experienced any form of domestic abuse.
020 3322 1860 (SMS)
074 9181 6064 (WhatsApp)
Support for men who have experienced rape or sexual abuse, including text lines and an online chat service.
0808 808 8141
078 6005 2906 (free text line)
Offers a helpline, text line, information and advice for older people who have experienced abuse. Also supports those concerned about an older person, such as families, carers or practitioners.