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Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence/Abuse?

 Swindon and Wiltshire Domestic Abuse Reduction Strategy 2014-2015

Domestic violence and abuse is behaviour used by one person to dominate and control another within a close personal or family relationship. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, ethnic origin, social background, sexuality or gender.  It can happen at anytime in a relationship.

Domestic Violence and abuse is not just physical violence but can also be psychological, emotional abuse, sexual violence, financial abuse.  Forced marriage and so called 'honour based violence are also included.

It can be physical:

Beating, punching, kicking, slapping, biting or sexual assault.

It can be emotional:

Bullying, isolating from family and friends, undermining self-confidence.

It can be verbal:

Put downs, name calling, shouting.

It can be threats:

Threats to kill or harm you or another person, including children; to kill or harm pets; threats to kill themselves.

It can be financial:

Control over money; not allowing money for personal items, food or transport.

No one has the right to abuse you. Victims may be made to feel responsible for and guilty about the abuse. The decision to take action against the abuser may be a difficult one, but it is important to remember that whether you decide to leave or stay, support and assistance is available.

The Partnership employs a Domestic Violence Co-ordinator to work with agencies, organisations and communities such as Swindon Women’s Refuge, the Police, Health Visitors, NSPCC and Housing to raise awareness of domestic violence and identify ways to support victims and survivors. 
‚ÄčIf you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse there is help available.  It is not your fault, you are not to blame