Posted by Hunter on Wed, 31 Aug 2011.
Domestic violence is described as any form of abusive behaviour - physical, sexual or psychological - which occurs in relationships with family members or partners and leads to the victim becoming controlled by their abuser. Many associate Domestic Violence with only being hit or physically harmed in some way and don’t realise that the psychological side to it can range from something as common place as being shouted at to being manipulated, threatened and controlled. This lack of information can mean that a lot of people don’t even know that they are in an abusive relationship and think the behaviour they are subjected to is normal.
In most cases it is men abusing women and children but the truth is the abuser can be anyone who chooses to act violently instead of using the right behaviour to get what they want and ultimately by using that behaviour they gain control. Men are less likely to come forward and admit to being a victim of domestic violence as they believe they will be embarrassed and people will laugh at them.
Some sufferers believe that they deserve this treatment and try to defend their abuser. Many women believe it is their fault if they look attractive to violent men or victims blame it on alcohol or how the abuser was raised but there is no excuse for someone turning to domestic violence and harming loved ones as the solution to their problems.
If you are currently suffering from Domestic Violence or is worried about someone you know and would like to find out more information below are some useful organisations that can offer help, support and advice.
National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline
0808 2000 247
0808 800 5000
and in Leicestershire
DVIRP - 0116 255 0004