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Domestic Abuse and Trauma

Domestic abuse and trauma

Domestic abuse is not only between couples; it can also occur between a parent and child, or another relative. The term domestic abuse covers not only physical violence but psychological and financial abuse. Someone affected by domestic abuse may be restricted in where they go, or what they wear, or be manipulated through threats or humiliation. 

People who have experienced domestic abuse often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as flashbacks, hyperarousal (being on high alert all the time) and emotional numbing. 

Domestic abuse accounts for 11% of all recorded crime in Derbyshire (2017). Of course, this is not the true extent of domestic abuse, with many women too fearful to seek help or being held back in life because they are unaware that they are actually victims of domestic abuse.

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Helpline & additional information

Refuge and Women’s Aid support women and children experiencing domestic violence with a range of services.  Contact their free Helpline for assistance 0808 2000 247 (24 hr service).   Websites are: www.refuge.org.uk and www.womensaid.org.uk

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