What is physical abuse?

Physical abuse is when someone sets out to physically hurt or harm you. This includes behaviours such as slapping, hitting, biting, hair-pulling, burning or throwing things at you. Physical abuse can cause serious injury and sometimes even leads to death. 

When someone is physically abusive, they are attempting to control and intimidate you through bodily harm. Often this will start out as something small, like grabbing you during an argument or shoving you, but these actions will gradually become more violent over time. 

If you or someone you know is being physically abused, speak to someone immediately about the situation. Get the support you need to feel safe.


What can you Do?


Tell Someone

Opening up to someone you trust about an abusive relationship is important. Talking about abuse can be hard but telling someone will help you deal with your situation and find ways to get help. Don’t stay silent about abuse, speak with a close friend, family member or somewhere here at our Domestic Abuse Helpline. 


Get Help

If you feel that you are in danger, don’t hesitate to get help. Reach out to someone who is in a position to support you safely or if you are in immediate danger, call emergency services on 999. 


Stop blaming yourself 

Sometimes people who have been abused start to think that their abuser’s behaviour is their fault – this is NOT the case. You are not at fault; you do not deserve to be abused.  You can’t control the actions of others, but you can stop blaming yourself.


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Before Reaching Out

Callers are asked to ensure they are in a safe environment when making a call to the helpline.

Callers do not have to give their real name if they do not want to, an alias can be provided. Or if callers prefer, our Helpline Practitioners can offer a caller contact code which can be used each time a call to the helpline is made. This allows us to easily find call records and means callers will not be asked to repeat information they have previously provided.

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