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What Is Domestic Abuse And How Do I Report It? Victim Support.

Last updated May 31 2022 | Family Law

by Joseph Navas

by Joseph Navas

Director & Solicitor

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What is classed as domestic abuse?

There are many forms of domestic abuse. These include:

  • Psychological/ emotional abuse. Belittling you, blaming you for the abuse or downplaying it, isolating you from your family or friends, accusing you of flirting or affairs.
  • Physical abuse. Examples include the abuser slapping, hitting, kicking or punching you.
  • Sexual abuse. Examples include touching you when you don’t want to be touched, making unwanted sexual demands, among others.
  • Financial or economic abuse. Examples include carelessly spending money without making future provisions and controlling your finances.
  • Threats and intimidation. Examples include the abuser making threats to hurt or kill you or your children, destroy possessions that belong to you and harass or stalk you.
  • Online or digital abuse. Examples include the abuser monitoring your social media profiles, sharing content about you on social media without consent and using GPS locators to know your whereabouts.

 

Reporting domestic abuse.

If you’re in immediate danger of the abuser, ensure you call the police straight away on 999. However, if you want to report the abuse, but it’s not an emergency, call 101.

Once you have contacted the police, you should tell them about the domestic abuse you have faced and explain why you’re worried about your safety. In a circumstance where the police decide not to pursue the domestic abuse offence and arrest the abuser, don’t worry. You can still get legal protection from the civil court. For example, you can get a non-molestation order which stops the abuser from coming near your home.

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