Domestic Abuse

Types of Domestic Abuse

Physical Abuse - biting, burning, hitting, punching, slapping, choking, use of weapons/objects

Emotional Abuse - making you feel bad, putting you down, calling you names, making you feel guilty or to blame for the abuse 

Isolation - preventing you from seeing family/friends, stopping you from working/attending college, restricting your social life

Economic Abuse - demanding money from you, making you justify your spending, restricting your finances or access to your own money

Using the Children - turning the children against you, using child contact as a way to continue the abuse, threatening to hurt the children or take them away

Threats and Intimidation - threatening to report you to police or social services, threatening to hurt you if you leave, making you feel afraid with looks, gestures or aggressive behaviour

Minimizing, Denying, Blaming - making excuses, blaming you for incidents of abuse, playing down the seriousness of the situation

Sexual Abuse - forcing or co-ercing you into sex, infidelity, withholding affection

There is never any excuse for abuse and it can happen to anyone, at any time.

If you recognise any of these behaviours, please seek help. Call the surgery where the Receptionist will be happy to book you a telephone appointment with a GP at a time that suits you. Alternatively, you may find the following links helpful:


Reaching out for help is the very first step and we know it takes a great deal of courage to do this. The type of support DASH can offer will depend on your situation and what you want to do.  Our friendly, professional team are waiting to advise you; click on one of the links to find out more or give us a call on 01753 549865 during office hours.

Victim Support UK

We believe that all survivors of domestic abuse should be able to get the support they need to move on from the impact of abuse. We don’t just help people who’ve recently experienced domestic abuse — we’re here to support both men and women, weeks, months and years afterwards.

Women's Aid Berkshire

We’re working together against domestic abuse until women and children are safe.

Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated.

Government Advice Website

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