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What causes domestic violence?

The circumstances around domestic violence is very traumatic and raises the risk of damage to the individual’s mental and physical health, increasing the pressures on public healthcare systems, police systems and link to violent behaviour.

This also has detrimental impact on family members, friends and communities. I’ve seen it and its awful. Open Democracy reported ‘On average, it will take 50 incidents of domestic abuse before a victim will call the police’.

Social issues in an interconnected world are contributing factors which cause domestic violence against women. Also, rules or expectations of behaviour can encourage violence. Some contributing risk factors; experience of child trauma, power and control, alcohol and drug use, conflict, learnt behaviour, post-traumatic stress disorder, education, pregnancy, separation, family breakdown, financial stress, housing insecurity, bullying, low self-esteem, culture and mental health disorders.

“For most people, the decision to end any relationship is very difficult. Some keep their abusive relationship a secret for reasons such as, shame, fear and being blamed for the abuse. It’s a dangerous situation to be in and should not be taken lightly” – Refuge National Domestic Abuse

If you or someone you care about is in an abusive relationship, you can talk to someone, you can call:

  • Refuge – Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 (run by Refuge)
  • Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123
  • The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327 (run by Respect)
  • The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994
  • National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 (run by Galop)

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