Have you experienced domestic violence or know someone who is currently in a difficult relationship?
Do you know where to turn when times get tough? Do you need someone you can talk to who understands what you’re going through?
It’s hard to miss the recent headlines reporting another terrible murder. A husband viciously killed his wife before killing himself. Even more tragically, the incident occurred whilst the husband was out on bail for a previous vicious assault on his wife. This form of physical and very serious domestic violence is atrocious and quite rightly front page news. There are however, many other forms of domestic violence that go unreported. These are not the subject of headlines but nevertheless have far reaching implications on families.
Do you have a partner who always puts you down? Do you feel like you are walking on egg shells so you don’t “upset” your partner who has a tendency to anger quickly? Do you make excuses for your partner’s bad behaviour?
As outlined by these examples, domestic violence takes many forms. Help is available for those in every situation; not just the very worst that you hear about on TV.
If you have experienced domestic violence you may be worried about the repercussions on your relationship or your family, if your partner finds out you’ve sought advice. You may not be ready to definitely leave the relationship just yet but want to know what options are available.
Making that first step can be difficult but there are many advantages in doing so. There are 5 things you should know to help you make that decision:
1. Our appointments will be treated as strictly confidential and there is no obligation to proceed with any action after your appointment.
2. You will not be judged. Many victims have already had more than their fair share of being judged, criticised and put down. With many years’ experience dealing with victims of domestic violence, we understand what you may have been through and can offer sensitive and understanding advice.
3. If you need more information you can advise us how you would like to receive any further information. For example, it can be emailed to a friend, sent to a separate PO Box or collected from our office.
4. You can receive information on counselling services available and local courses targeting things like anger management or drug or alcohol addiction.
5. Not all appointments will end in a separation or divorce. If you are thinking of ending a relationship however, we can give you information about the best way to do this. Emergency assistance is available if you need to leave a relationship quickly.
Information is power. Good advice can enable you to make the best decision for your situation.
No-one should have to live with domestic violence. Bad behaviour is never ok. Your safety and emotional wellbeing, is our main priority. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence contact us today. You’ll be glad you did.