What is domestic abuse? White Ribbon Day 2019

There are many myths surrounding domestic abuse and violence experienced by women as well as men of all ages. By believing the myths, we allow the violence to continue.


Myth 1: Parents can’t be victims of domestic abuse

Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (APVA) has become more prevalent in recent times. The number of adults reporting that their children are abusing them is rising. Such abuse can include:

Children can display healthy levels of anger and conflict as part of growing up, which can make it difficult for parents to recognise or accept their child’s behaviour as violent or abusive. This could be a sign of abuse or violence. If you feel it is, it’s important that you seek support.


Myth 2: It is only classed as domestic abuse if the violence is physical

Not all abusive relationships involve physical violence. Emotional abuse aims to chip away at your feelings of self-worth and independence and can include:


Myth 3: Men are never victims of Domestic Abuse

Every year, 1.4 million women and 700,000 men experience some form of abuse. Yet, while one in six men will experience abuse at some point in their lives, only one in 20 will ever seek help.


What help is available?

If you or someone you know needs help, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We can help in so many ways, and if we can’t, we will be able to direct you to a service or charity that can.

We can:

If you are suffering from domestic abuse or believe someone you know is, we can help. Contact 0300 123 1 567 and we will direct you to the right team. Or, visit our domestic abuse page for further information.

Alternatively, you can contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for free, confidential advice.

Or, contact:

Women’s Aid

Mankind – Male domestic abuse service

National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV)

Victim Support

If you ever feel in immediate danger, do not hesitate to call 999.