‘Domestic Abuse’ is the abuse of a person physically, sexually, psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, socially or financially within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour.
It is important to state that either a woman or a man can be the victim, as well as a perpetrator, of Domestic Abuse.
Everyone has arguments, and everyone disagrees with their partners, family members and others close to them from time to time. And we all do things at times that we regret, and which cause unhappiness to those we care about. But if this begins to form a consistent pattern, then it is an indication of domestic abuse. Although every situation is unique, there are common factors that link the experience of an abusive relationship. Acknowledging these factors is an important step in preventing and stopping the abuse.
Our Safeguarding Policy has further information and guidance.
For further help contact
National 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline : 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line and Enquiry : 0808 801 0327 http://mensadviceline.org.uk/
Action on Elder Abuse National Helpline : 0808 808 8141
Worcestershire area 0800 980 3331 www.westmerciawomensaid.org
24 hours a day 365 days. Staffed by trained workers who can offer you support, safety planning, information and advice. The staff are skilled in active listening, will not make judgements and will treat you with respect. Calls to the helpline are free
Gloucester Domestic Abuse Support Service 0845 6029035 www.gdass.org.uk
9 – 5 pm Monday – Friday
As a church we’ve invested in a couple of books and resources. These are available to borrow (please speak to either Edward or Philip).
Power and Control (Why Charming Men make Dangerous Lovers) by Sandra Horley
Why does he do that (Inside the minds of angry and controlling men) by Lundy Bancroft
Family and Friends Guide to Domestic Violence by Elaine Weiss