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One in five women is abused by her partner or ex-partner.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you are not to blame, even if your abuser may say that you are. No one deserves to be abused.
If you are being abused you have choices. You may want to talk over your options with someone you trust or a worker from your local Women’s Aid.
Your partner’s, or ex-partners’, violence is not your fault. You are not responsible for it.
look after yourself
Whether you decide to end the relationship with your partner or not, it is important to look after your physical and mental health and to think about how to protect you and your children from harm. You’re probably already doing many things to help protect yourself and your children. Women’s Aid can give you ideas about what has helped other women.
There are some practical things you can do keep yourself and your children as safe as possible now.
call for help
If you need immediate help, contact your local Women’s Aid group, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.
You can also phone the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234, 24hours a day, 365 days a year.