The Home Office definition of domestic violence and abuse is: "Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional”.
Domestic violence and abuse happens to women and men, in same sex relationships as well as heterosexual ones. The majority of domestic abuse is against women but there is also a rising issue with violence towards men. Male victims of domestic abuse are increasingly speaking out and looking for support. Behind Closed Doors provides support for all members of society regardless of their gender, age, race or sexual orientation.
It is not always easy to identify but simply put …. If you feel scared of your partner/family member, it is likely you are experiencing domestic abuse.
What is Domestic Abuse?
My biggest achievement thanks to the support is simply that I am still here; I have been able to go back into work and I am now trying to get all areas of my life back on track. My next steps will be to build on my confidence to be more social, talk to new people, meet friends and hopefully be able to start a new relationship.
I now feel I truly understand the dynamics and the cycle encoded in domestic abuse. It has helped me to find a new path forward and I am going to develop my rediscovered strengths alongside my new 'curiosity' and freedom to enter new social and work situations.
I now know I am not mad, or useless, stuck or irrelevant: I am a 'me', who is beginning to believe in my strengths and is aware of, and able to take care of, her own vulnerabilities.
Thank you again for giving me this unexpected and wonderful opportunity to live a life that I neither anticipated, nor dreamt, could really happen.
Providing support to people in the Leeds District whose lives have been affected by Domestic Violence and Abuse