What is abuse?

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Domestic abuse happens when one person hurts or bullies another person who is or was their partner. It can happen between people who are going out together, living together, have children together or are married to each other. It can happen either when people live together or separately.

Domestic abuse can also happen after a relationship has finished. Usually (but not always) it is the man who is the abuser and the woman who gets hurt. Although domestic abuse happens mostly between adults, young people can be affected by the abuse that they see and hear, and they can be hurt or bullied as part of domestic abuse between adults. Young people may also experience domestic abuse in their own relationship from their own partner.

Domestic abuse is a repeated pattern of behavior. It often includes several different types of abusive behavior such as emotional, verbal, physical, sexual and financial abuse, and may get worse they longer the two people are together. People use domestic abuse to control other people.

plaquardIf this is happening at home or in your own relationship, remember that you are not alone and it is not your fault. Domestic abuse happens in many homes and relationships and there are people that can help you such as AWARE.

Everyone has the right to be safe not scared.

What can I do?

whyRemember, domestic abuse isn’t your fault. You’re not to blame. Check out what you can do to help your situation.