In an emergency you should call 999

If you are unable to speak on the phone, after 20 seconds the operator will put you through the silent solutions team who will ask you to press 55 to confirm it’s not safe to speak. Then they will ask you a series of questions that that you can answer by pressing a number on your keypad.

Are You experiencing abuse.

Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices, crimes, or other types of aggression.

Below are some common forms of Abuse.

  • Mentally and emotionally abusive – verbal abuse, undermining your confidence, gaslighting (making you question your version of what’s happened)
  • Domestic Violence – for example, exerting power and control over you, usually through fear, can include physical, sexual, emotional, social, verbal, spiritual and economic abuse
  • Sexual – also referred to as molestation, being forced or coerced or taken advantage of by someone for there sexual pleasure.
  • Isolating – from friends, relatives, health services and sources of support
  • Monitoring or controlling – for example, tracking you, watching your social media accounts, making you stay in the house during the day or limiting time at the shops
  • Degrading or punishing – for example, not allowing you to eat or rewarding you for only ‘good’ behaviour
  • Financially controlling – for example, not allowing you to have your own bank account or having benefits paid only to the abuser
  • Intimidating – for example, threats of violence
  • Harmful towards pets or your belongings – this might be to manipulate, frighten or control you.

“For me, abuse made me feel guilty like it was my fault. Then ashamed thinking neibhours will look down on my family.” 

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