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Domestic Abuse Can Occure in Any Relationship

It doesn't matter what your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, wealth or lifestyle – domestic abuse can occur in any relationship.

If someone is forced into changing their behaviour to satisfy their partner, it is possible that they are being abused.


Police statistics show that between October 2014 and September 2015, Norfolk Police received 19,985 domestic abuse related calls – that is an average of over 50 calls a day. We also know that:

Signs of Domestic Abuse

While there are no fixed signs that an adult or child may be experiencing domestic abuse, you may notice some changes to their behaviour. This may be:

Questions to Ask

If you answer yes to one of the following questions, it is possible that you are in an abusive relationship. Equally, you may know of someone who would answer yes.

  • Does your partner stop you from meeting with friends or family?
  • Has your partner stopped you applying for work or forced you to leave employment?
  • Are you forced to explain where you have been, what you have been doing or who you have been with?
  • Does your partner regularly criticise, humiliate, belittle or embarrass you in front of friends or family?
  • Have you ever changed your behaviour because of concerns over how your partner may react?
  • Have you been forced into doing something, including sexually, that you were not comfortable with?
  • Has your partner ever harmed or threatened to harm you, your children or your pets?
  • Have you ever been scared of your partner's behaviour?
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