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Signs of domestic abuse

Victims of domestic abuse may show signs of:

  • Physical injuries
  • Excuses for frequent injuries
  • Stress, anxiety or depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-blame
  • Absent from work and social occasions
  • Personality changes – being jumpy or nervous
  • Lack of independent communication
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Lack of money
  • Damage to property.

Every case of domestic abuse is different but there are signs suggesting someone may be abusing you, which can include but aren’t limited to:

  • Bullying
  • Controlling behaviour
  • Being forced into a sexual act
  • Humiliation
  • Constant yelling and shouting
  • The threat or use of violence
  • Destroying personal items
  • Limiting contact with family, friends and work colleagues
  • Checking up on your whereabouts
  • Accusing you, the victim, of committing the abuse when it is the other way around.