Challenging attitudes and beliefs which perpetuate domestic violence and abuse / Gender based violence
Our service is committed to raising awareness of domestic abuse in the community and to working with other professionals and agencies whose clients may be affected by interpersonal abuse.
What is domestic abuse?
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
People experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse may minimise what has happened or is happening or blame themselves. They may feel ashamed, embarrassed or alone. This is a normal response to abuse. If you are not sure whether this applies to you, why not give us a ring?
What can we offer you?
Free specialist counselling
Counselling takes place at our confidential address in well resourced counselling rooms.
Giving you a space to consider and explore:
- Increasing empowerment, self esteem and choice
- Trust and boundary setting
- The dynamics of domestic abuse and breaking the cycle
- Whether to remain in or leave a relationship
- Feeling safe and less isolated
- The ability to express needs and form safe relationships