Domestic violence is much more common than realised. Defining what is an abusive relationship is, however, very complex. Abuse can take many forms psychological, sexual, emotional or financial including:
The main characteristic of an abusive relationship is control. An abusive pattern starts to build and then becomes entrenched in the relationship or in the family.
Domestic Violence is an extremely important problem, not just because it can lead to serious injury and indeed a startlingly high number of homicides in the UK started off as what appeared to be relatively trivial (in comparative terms) domestic violence which escalated.
Domestic Violence can have a terrible impact on children as well, even if the two people at the centre of it think they have hidden the assaults from others. Moreover, it leads to feelings of unworthiness, low self-esteem, lacking in confidence and becoming dependent on the abuser.
The shame of the abuse can mean the injured party doesn't report the problem to anyone, not even friends or family. It's vital to understand that Domestic Violence is a solvable problem and talking to those who have a lot of experience of this difficult situation can be helpful and indeed even life saving. Feeling safe is key and domestic violence is associated with a lot of mental health problems in the victim as well as the abuser, which is why intervention and domestic violence support from professionals can ameliorate things dramatically.
It's easy to end up feeling helpless and hopeless when mired in the trap of domestic violence, but be assured that practical domestic violence help is at hand from our team of experts. The vicious cycle it's easy to get caught in is the low self-esteem engendered by being regularly abused means you feel pessimistic about surviving outside even this abusive relationship. This keeps you locked in. To break out or break through to an abusive partner making contact with one of our team is a crucial first step.
Clinical Partners have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Relationship Counsellors who have experience counselling people affected by domestic violence and we will be able to offer full support and advice for you, your partner and your family.
We also are able to offer support and treatment for other issues that may also be involved including alcohol and substance abuse and depression.
By calling our Admissions Counsellor on 0203 326 9160 you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you in seeking help for domestic violence.
If you're struggling with an emotional or mental health problem, call us now to make an appointment face-to-face or online - and take the first step in getting the support you need.