About domestic abuse
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. You have the right to live without violence, it is not your fault and you do not have to put up with it. Domestic violence is now more commonly referred to as domestic abuse. This is because abuse and controlling behaviour within relationships does not have to be violent. It can instead be emotional or financial abuse.
The legal definition of domestic violence is:
"Any violence between current and former partners in an intimate relationship, wherever and whenever the violence occurs. The violence may include physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse."
Violent attack, inside or outside the home, is a criminal offence.
Nobody has the right to abuse you physically, sexually or emotionally. Victims may be made to feel responsible and guilty for the abuse. The decision to take action against the abuser may be a difficult one, but it is important to remember that you do not have to suffer in silence.
Support and assistance is available at any time.Shropshire 24 hour Helpline: 0800 783 1359
A freephone service that does not show up on your phone bill.
Last updated 19/04/2010
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