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Domestic Abuse can impact on many people’s lives, with up to 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men being affected by one of the many forms of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is also referred to as a hidden crime as it is believed that only 1 in 5 incidents are reported to the police as victims are often fearful of reporting what is happening to them, they rarely even tell family and friends.

We want to encourage everyone whether a victim, witness or concerned about someone, to speak out and help to reduce domestic abuse.  

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Domestic abuse is the abuse of one partner within an intimate or family relationship.
It is the repeated physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse by a person known to you, usually your partner or ex-partner or family member.

It is one person exerting systematic abusive power and control over another.

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It can be experienced by women and men, whatever their race, age, class, colour, ability, religion or sexuality.

It can happen in all kinds of relationships:

  • Heterosexual
  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender
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Abuse can begin at any stage of the relationship and may continue after the relationship has ended.

Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident.  Incidents generally become more frequent and severe over time.

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Are you a victim?

  • Make you afraid by using looks, actions and gestures like smashing things, destroying property or displaying weapons?
  • Act extremely jealous of others who pay attention to you, or use jealousy to justify his/her actions?
  • Control your finances, behaviour and even with whom you socialise?
  • Threaten to kill you or commit suicide?
  • Make all the decisions?
  • Stop you from seeing or talking to friends, your family or limits outside involvement with others?
  • Act like the abuse is no big deal and that it's your fault?
  • Deny that he/she is being abusive or violent?
  • Put you down in front of other people, humiliates you or plays mind games and makes you feel as if you are going mad?
  • Prevent you from getting or keeping a job?
  • Takes your money or does not let you know about or have access to the family income?
  • Threatens to take away the children?
  • Threatens to kill the pets?
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  • Become quiet when he/she is around and feel afraid of making him/her angry?
  • Cancel plans at the last minute?
  • Stop seeing your friends and family members and become more and more isolated?
  • Find yourself explaining bruises to family or friends?
  • Wear clothing to hide physical injury?
  • If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions you may be involved in a relationship that is physically, emotionally, psychologically or sexually abusive
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Everyone has the right to be safe in their own home and to live free from abuse, threat and fear.
There are things you can do to change your life.
You can choose what the best and safest option for you is.

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From mobile phones to social networking sites such as Facebook, technology has become part of the way we live our lives. Although there are many benefits to the way we may choose to communicate with each other and seek information, these changes are increasingly putting people at risk of stalking and abuse. For further information on what cyber stalking is and how you can help to keep yourself safe please read the documents in the download section.

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Cyber stalking downloads

Everything you do online leaves a trace.

Domestic abuse – support services

Locally in Wiltshire

  • NSPCC Calne Family Centre
  • Tel: 01249 813 270
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What they do:

An independent charity which works to help people achieve personal changes which enable them to engage in fulfilling relationships for the benefit of themselves, their family and society, working with individuals to either obtain help to change abusive behaviour or to encourage a move towards safety.

Counselling is available to individuals, couples, families, children and young people (from the age of 7).

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Splitz is an independent charity established in 1989.
We mend lives. We work free of charge with victims, children and perpetrators of domestic abuse. We work to encourage healthy relationships.
We do this by offering one-to-one support:

  • For adult victims of abuse (Paloma Project)
  • Support services for young people who have witnessed abuse (Young People’s Support Service)
  • A scheme offering befriending and emotional support (Buddy Scheme)
  • A voluntary programme for male perpetrators of domestic abuse to help change their harmful behaviour (Turnaround Programme)
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Nationally

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For help text 'NCDV' to 60777

  • Available to everybody
  • Free legal advice Injunctions within 24 hours
  • Completely confidential Legal aid available
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In an emergency dial 999

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Last updated: 21 October 2016 | Last reviewed: 21 October 2016