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Domestic Abuse

Recognising the signs


In the last edition of Achiever’s Edge we explored what domestic abuse is and the facts and figures related to domestic abuse in the UK. We also looked at how Covid-19 affected domestic abuse, the Ask for ANI scheme and legislation changes contained within the Domestic Abuse Act that were being implemented to support people who are being (or have been) subjected to domestic abuse. If you missed it, you can access the article here.

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We are continuing to explore domestic abuse – this time focussing on recognising the signs.

All relationships are different – we know this from our own experiences and from what we observe with our families, friends and work colleagues. There isn’t any such thing as a “normal’ relationship, but it is important understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Recognising the signs is an important first step in dealing with the situation you may find yourself in.

Signs of a healthy relationship


According to the charity Victim Support, signs of a health relationship can include:

Signs of an unhealthy relationship


On the flip-side, some things you may hear, see or experience in an unhealthy relationship can include:

It's important to realise that whether you are experiencing one or many of these things, which depending on your individual situation, you may need specialist help and support.

Visit Victim Support

Early warning signs


Relationships can be complicated and have a massive impact on us emotionally, financially, physically and socially. Victim Support have identified some early warning signs that could be indicators that you are feeling unsafe – these are detailed below. It's really important that you look at what is causing you to feel unsafe and seek support.

You're becoming a lot more critical of yourself — thinking that you always doing things wrong, are unattractive/unlovable or unable to support yourself or do things you used to do.

Why do people stay in abusive relationships?


It can be difficult for people looking in from the outside to understand why someone would stay in an abusive relationship that may be causing them emotional anguish or physical harm. In reality, there are a number of reasons why someone may feel that they can’t leave the relationship:

Remember that it is never ok for someone to abuse you in any way, whoever they are. Domestic abuse is a crime and there are support networks out there to help – never forget, you are not to blame despite being made to feel that way by the abuser.

Helpline numbers

Organisation Contact

Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Free confidential support 24 hours a day to victims and those who are worried about friends/loved ones

Phone/TypeTalk: 0808 2000 247

or visit the Refuge website to access further information, the live chat service or contact form to book a safe time for a call.

Wales Live Fear Free Helpline

Help and advice about violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence

Phone: 0808 8010 800 or TypeTalk: 18001 080 8801

Text: 078600 77 333

or visit the Welsh Government website

Men’s Advice Line

Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse

Phone: 0808 801 0327


or visit the Respect, Men's advice line website


National LGBTQ+ domestic abuse helpline and webchat service

Phone: 0800 999 5428


or visit the Galop website

Women’s Aid live chat service

Mon-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat-Sun 10am-12pm

You can also find your local domestic abuse service on their website

or visit the Women's Aid website

Karma Nirvana

National helpline for victims of honour-based abuse, forced marriage and domestic abuse

Phone: 0800 5999 247


or send a secure message via the Karma Nirvana website


Support and information for anyone who might be in an abusive relationship

Download the free mobile app, Bright Sky


Confidential helpline for anyone concerned about abuse of an older person

Phone: 0808 808 8141

or visit the Hourglass website


Online help and resources in several languages about identifying manipulative situations and how friends can help

or visit the Chayn website

Muslim Women’s Network Helpline

National specialist faith and culturally sensitive helpline that is confidential and free to access

Phone: 0800 999 5786

Text: 07415 206 936


or visit the Muslim Women's website

NSPCC female genital mutilation (FGM) helpline

If you are worried about a child at risk or someone who has already undergone FGM

Phone: 0800 028 3550


or visit the NSPCC website

Victim Support

Free confidential 24/7 support line for victims of crimes and free 24/7 live chat support in England and Wales

Phone: 0808 16 89 111


Live chat - Victim Support website


Anonymously report suspicions of domestic abuse online or call free

Phone: 0800 555 111

Crime Stoppers website

National Stalking Helpline

For victims of stalking, their friends, family and professionals Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri 9:30am-4pm, Wed 1-4pm

Phone: 0808 802 0300

Suzy Laplugh website

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