Recognising domestic abuse
In an emergency, always call 999
Some of the most emotional and traumatic crimes can take place between the people closest to us.
Domestic abuse is a pattern of controlling behaviour that can lead to physical and sexual violence, and is not necessarily a problem with managing anger. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, background or sexuality. Both women and men can be abused.
Some common traits of abuse can be:
- Threatening or intimidating behaviour - Domestic abuse isn’t always violent, but it can often escalate to physical abuse.
- Disrespect - Constant criticism or putting the other partner or spouse down, especially in front of family and friends.
- Controlling behaviour - Excessively jealous or possessive behaviour, limiting the other person’s access to money, friends, vehicles, or freedom in general.
- Harassment - Following or checking up on a partner, not allowing them any privacy.
The Crime Survey of England and Wales, 2013/14, estimates that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men in England and Wales will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.
What can I do to help?
It can be really hard to speak out when someone you know is committing a crime, but you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously to tell us about abuse.
We don't want to know who you are, just what you know, and we'll pass your information to the authorities so they can take the right course of action to help.
In some cases, situations can become life-threatening. If something is currently taking place and you believe that someone may be in danger, you should call 999.
I am in an abusive relationship
If you recognise that some of the common traits of abuse are happening to you and would like support or advice, then you can contact the following confidential numbers:
National Domestic Violence Helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line is available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, on 0808 801 0327.
In an emergency, always call 999.
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