Domestic abuse and controlling behaviour

Controlling behaviours

Is someone using controlling behaviours to make you do things or to stop you from making your own choices?

Controlling behaviours (sometimes referred to as coercive control)  in your own relationships can include stopping you from going out, telling you what to wear, stopping you from seeing friends and family and isolating you from the people closest to you

Abusers will often say that no one will believe you as there are no physical signs. This is not true, if you need help to break away from the person trying to control your life we will support you. You will be taken seriously and we can work with you to find the best way forward together.

Domestic abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship.

A child who sees, hears or experiences the effects of, domestic abuse and is related to or under parental responsibility of (your guardian), the person being abused or the abuser will be regarded as a victim of domestic abuse.

It is important to remember domestic abuse:

  • can happen inside and outside the home
  • can happen over the phone, on the internet and on social media
  • can happen in any relationship and can continue even after the relationship has ended
  • both men and women can be abused or abusers.

Living in a home where domestic abuse happens can have a serious impact on a child or young person’s mental and physical wellbeing and if you have been impacted we can support you.

Help and support

If you are unsure about what to do or if you simply need someone to talk to, we are here to help and you can talk to us in confidence, please contact us.