Remember you are not alone - domestic abuse can happen to anyone no matter your age, race, class, culture, disability, gender, sexuality or lifestyle.

Acknowledging you might be experiencing domestic violence and abuse isn’t an easy process. It can be hard to accept you need help and support at all.

The important thing to remember is; you are not alone and that help is at hand. You can live a life free from domestic abuse and violence. Manchester Women’s Aid offers a range of services to help those dealing with domestic violence and abuse as well as a dedicated helpline. We’re here to help you move forward and live the life you deserve. 

Are you in an abusive relationship? 

These questions have come from helpguide.org, with the utmost thanks. 

Do you:

  • Feel afraid of your partner much of the time?
  • Avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?
  • Feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner?
  • Believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated?
  • Wonder if you’re the one who is crazy?
  • Feel emotionally numb or helpless?

Does your partner:

  • Humiliate or yell at you?
  • Criticize you and put you down?
  • Treat you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see?
  • Ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?
  • Blame you for their own abusive behavior?
  • See you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person?
  • Have a bad and unpredictable temper?
  • Hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you?
  • Threaten to take your children away or harm them?
  • Threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
  • Force you to have sex?
  • Destroy your belongings?
  • Act excessively jealous and possessive?
  • Control where you go or what you do?
  • Keep you from seeing your friends or family?
  • Limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?
  • Constantly check up on you?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, please get in touch with us on 0161 660 7999, Monday – Friday 09:30– 16:30. Or call the 24/7 national helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Who can help you?

There are many people who can help you move on from domestic violence and abuse. As well as the team of experts, support groups, refuge centres and services provided by Manchester Women’s Aid, health professionals are trained how to spot domestic violence behaviours and are given guidance on how to approach the subject with their patients. We also work closely with midwives as 40-60% of women experiencing domestic violence are abused while pregnant. No matter how alone or scared you feel, there are people who can help. Talk to us, your doctor or midwife to get the help you need.

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