No-one deserves to be abused, especially in their own homes by someone they love. Around one-in-four women experience domestic abuse at some time in their life and, although victims are usually women, men can also be abused by their partners.
What is domestic abuse?
- physical - which includes slapping, punching , pulling your hair, scalding or burning, strangling, throwing and breaking things, using weapons such as knives or other implements.
- mental - calling you names; verbal abuse; humiliation; constant criticism; giving you rules and ultimatums; stopping you from seeing from friends and family; threats against you, your children or your pets; destroying your things; jealousy and possessiveness; controlling your money; controlling what you wear and how you look.
- sexual - rape and forcing you to take part in sexual acts you're uncomfortable with.
If you feel you are being abused there are a number of places you can go for help including:
Scottish Women's Aid: www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk or call the Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234 (24 hours).
Shelter: they have advice about domestic abuse and homelessness
Rape Crisis Centre, Glasgow: 08088 00 00 14