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Domestic violence cannot be ignored

News : 21 November 2018

Domestic abuse is more widespread than you may think. Taking place within homes and families, it can remain hidden from the view for many years.

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According to Refuge the national charity for women and children against

domestic violence, one in four women in England and Wales will experience domestic violence in  their lifetime.  And 8% will suffer domestic violence in any given year. And one in six men will experience domestic violence and abuse during their adult lives.

If you have been affected by domestic or sexual abuse or violence, visit The Portal, an online service available across East Sussex. https://www.theportal.org.uk  However in case of emergency, call the police on 999.

Sussex Police recorded 938 crimes of domestic abuse in the Wealden area during 2017/18, an increase of 194 on the previous year. 

Sadly this may be the tip of the iceberg as less than a quarter of people who experience abuse from their partner or a family member report it.

 

White Ribbon Day is on 25 November. It is the internationally recognised day for raising awareness of domestic abuse. Wealden District Council takes domestic abuse issues seriously and has achieved White Ribbon accreditation for its commitment to raise awareness of domestic abuse. 

Broken bones and bruises are the outward signs of domestic abuse. But hidden psychological and emotional injuries can also have a significant and often long lasting impact on victims.

 

Children who are exposed to domestic violence or abuse in families can have their safety and wellbeing affected, both long and short-term. Many victims find that removing themselves from the violence or abuse isn’t straight forward. This is due to a number of emotional reasons ranging from love to terror. There are also practical reasons such as fear of losing access to their children, homes or their possessions.

 

The definition of domestic abuse has changed in recent years to include:

• Controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, 

• Violence or abuse between those aged 16 and over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. 

• Abuse can take many forms: psychological; physical; sexual; financial; as well as emotional.

Ask. Listen. Respect.