"I'm concerned about domestic abuse - what can I do?"
Anyone can be abused, regardless of gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity, geography or social background.
Abuse may be physical but it can also be emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.
If you feel that you are being abused or at risk of abuse, help is available. The priority must be to ensure that you and your children are safe.
Depending on your situation, you may need to take some or all of the following steps;
- Speak to a solicitor to understand your legal rights
- Plan escape routes
- Keep a list of emergency numbers
- Always call 999 if you are in immediate danger
- Report any abuse to the police to ensure that they are aware of your situation and they can help with practical steps like how to make your home more secure
- Tell a doctor so they have a record of any incidents
- Keep a diary noting down the details of any abuse
- Ensure the school knows so they can help your children and they know who can collect them and who cannot
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