Today marks day one of 2021’s 16 days of action against Domestic Abuse. Anybody can be a victim, anybody can access help. The team at Ringrose Law are available to guide you through the process so please contact us.

Anybody can experience abuse, at any time and in many ways. Because there are so many different forms of abuse, it can take a long time to realise what you are experiencing. There is always help available – there is always something we can do.

  1. Coercive control – a pattern of acts or a singular act to control the actions of a person, through threats, humiliation, intimidation or other methods
  2. Psychological or emotional abuse – a method of control using emotions to criticise, embarrass, blame or manipulate
  3. Physical abuse – any injury used to control the actions of a person or performed in anger
  4. Sexual abuse – forced sexual acts with/upon a person
  5. Financial or economic abuse – a method of control to restrict or manipulate the financial status of a person
  6. Online or digital abuse – any use of technology to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a person

If you are experiencing any of the above, you are being abused. Please reach out to us because we can help!

Coercive control

This is often described as the most subtle form of abuse because it involves an abuser using a pattern of behaviours over a long period of time. These behaviours might have always been part of the relationship or slowly increased over time – this makes them hard to recognise.

24,856 offences were reported to the Police in the year ending March 2020 and a conviction can lead to up to 5 years in prison. If you feel isolated from friends or family, have to ask permission to attend events/do fun activities or simply feel too scared to do or ask anything, you may be in an abusive relationship.

Psychological (emotional) abuse

This involves the regular and intentional use of upsetting words which are supposed to make a person feel upset – either through pain, shame, embarrassment or confusion (to name a few). This can have a negative impact on somebody’s mental health because they may feel like they cannot leave the relationship, following the lies they have been told.

It can often be the case that a relationship can start ‘ok,’ with offensive words slowly creeping in, before they became part of the day to day relationship.

Physical abuse

This is the most well-known, ‘traditional’ and ‘old fashioned’ type of abuse. If you never experience physical abuse, this does not mean you are not a victim of domestic abuse. Please do consider whether you are experiencing domestic abuse in forms other than a physical nature.

Physical abuse can escalate over time and the abuser may use the excuse they were joking or even place the person for the abuse. It is never your fault and there is always help available.

Sexual abuse

This does not have to be a physical sexual encounter and can be solely imagery or words. Any act of a sexual nature which takes place without full and informed consent is sexual abuse.

It is common for sexual abuse to occur alongside other forms of abuse but it can be isolated events. No matter what the abuser tells you, consent must be achieved from you and you can change your mind at any time – any continuation from the abuser makes their act abuse and it is not ok.

Financial (economic) abuse

This is usually used as a method to keep somebody dependent upon an abuser for money or other economic needs.

If you are struggling to afford basic essentials or cannot access your own bank account, you may be experiencing financial abuse. Equally, if you are pressured to give up work or education or make specific purchases, this could be another sign of financial abuse.

It can often go unnoticed for many years but there are options available to you, if you need help.

Online (digital) abuse

This can take many forms and is becoming ever more common with the rise in the use of social media. Unfortunately, the age of a victim has reduced drastically with the increase in online abuse.

Online abuse can cover all or some of the other forms of abuse but differs in that it is performed all online (or digitally via email, text etc). An abuser may exclude somebody from a social situation, post explicit images (or threaten to) or control the actions of what a person posts. There are many ways a person can be controlled online so be careful and ask for help when it looks like it’s needed. 

The first steps towards taking control of your life is to reflect on your abusers behaviour and understand you can break free and seek help.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse please get in touch. Call our 24/7 Domestic Abuse helpline on 07739 748 675 or email wecanhelp@ringroselaw.co.uk 

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