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White Ribbon Day is a day to raise awareness of male violence against women. This year, it falls on November 25th. In this campaign, people are encouraged to wear a white ribbon or exhibit a white ribbon in some way. For more information visit https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/.

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is an incident/number of incidents of controlling, threatening, and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men, particularly in relationships. Often it is linked to the history of societal inequality between men and women.*

Effects of Domestic Abuse

There are many common physical effects that can occur due to domestic abuse. These include:

  • Bruises
  • Red or purple marks at the neck
  • Sprained or broken wrists
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes to eating pattern/diet
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Menstrual cycle or fertility issues in women

There are many common mental effects that can occur due to domestic abuse. These include:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Substance abuse**

 

This year, raising awareness is more important than ever due to a significant increase in violence, harassment and abuse towards women during the coronavirus pandemic. There have been significant increases in calls to Domestic Abuse Helplines as well as domestic abuse killings. ***

At The Eaves, we have a variety of trained professionals for all ages that can offer support for those who have been the target of domestic abuse. Please contact the referrals team on 01483 917000 who will be happy to help source a suitable therapist for you.

 

Links:

* https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/

** http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/learn/domestic-violence/effects-domestic-violence

*** https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/