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Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse or domestic violence take many forms and can happen in relationships, in families, shared homes or through previous partners. It affects both men and women and it happens between people of all cultures, backgrounds, religions and social groups regardless of sexual orientation. Domestic abuse is about one person exerting power over another, and it often gets worse over time. The abuse can take place in person or digitally, online or through mobile phones. It is never acceptable and you are not to blame if it is happening to you.

 Types of domestic abuse

Some examples of abuse include:

Psychological abuse

  • Jealous, possessive and controlling behaviour
  • Telling you what you are and aren’t allowed to do

Emotional abuse

  • Use of fear, guilt, shame and intimidation to wear you down
  • Telling you that you are useless
  • Telling you that wouldn’t be able to cope without them

Physical abuse

  • Using violence to get what they want
  • Hurting you to control you

Financial abuse

  • Preventing you from earning your own money
  • Controlling what you spend
  • Making you ask for permission to buy something

Sexual abuse

  • Forcing you to have sex when you don’t want to
  • Forcing you to be intimate when you say no

Verbal abuse

  • Humiliating you in front of others
  • Constantly criticising you
  • Making you feel worthless

 

The Victim Care and Advice Service are not commissioned to provide support for victims of Domestic Abuse but support can be provided by the following specialist services: –

Durham

 

 

Harbour                                                                                     

Harbour works with families and individuals in both Cleveland and Durham who have been affected by abuse from a partner, former partner or a family members. If you or someone you know is being abused or being abusive to others then use Harbour’s website to learn about the help which is available.

 

Cleveland

 

My Sisters Place

My Sisters Place is an independent specialist ‘One Stop Shop’ for women aged 16 or over have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence.  They deliver a range of services with a view to improving safety, access to justice and health and well-being of women and their children.

 

Eva

EVA Women’s Aid supports women and children who are, or have been, victims of domestic abuse and/or sexual violence. EVA provides accommodation, individual support, advocacy, a range of programmes, support groups, activities, families work, outreach, Information/advice and volunteering opportunities.

 

Foundation

Foundation provide support for families and individuals who reside in the Redcar and Cleveland area and have been affected by domestic violence, homelessness, or need some support as you make the transition from prison or care.

 

 

Harbour

Harbour works with families and individuals in both Cleveland and Durham who have been affected by abuse from a partner, former partner or a family members. If you or someone you know is being abused or being abusive to others then use Harbour’s website to learn about the help which is available.