Domestic violence affects people of every class, age, race, disability, gender and sexuality.
The violence can begin at any stage of a relationship and may continue after the relationship has ended.
Domestic violence can happen in many different ways, for example:
Physical – hitting, punching, kicking, pushing, slapping
Emotional – threatening to hurt the other person, doing and sayings things to frighten the other person, swearing at them or saying things to make them feel bad
Sexual – doing or making someone do sexual things that they don’t want to
Financial – taking away the other person’s money, not giving the other person money when they need it or not letting them get a job
If you live in a home where there is domestic violence you may be feeling frightened and worried about yourself and family. It is important for you to know that it is not your fault for what is happening. You should tell someone you trust about what is happening. In an emergency you should call the police on 999.
If domestic violence is happening within your family you can contact the Croydon FJC – it is open for drop-in and appointments every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 4pm. You can call the helpline on 0208 688 0100. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more on Domestic Violence, check out these websites:
Your local council provides information and advice on Domestic Abuse
We have different services in different parts of the country. All of our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who’s experienced domestic violence. We can help, regardless of whether you’ve told the police or anyone else about the abuse.
Information and advice on domestic violence and how to get help.
24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline:
The free Helpline can give support, help and information over the telephone.
You can call the helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Women’s Aid have created this website to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you. www.thehideout.org.uk
Metropolitan Police ‘Safe’ – Domestic Abuse
The Police ‘Safe’ website provides advice on Domestic Violence and Abuse.