People of all ages, genders, ethnicities and social classes can be affected by abuse. Abuse is defined as any act or behaviour that intentionally harms or controls another person. This typically causes the sufferer intense feelings of shame, hurt and anger and destroys self-worth and self-esteem. Abuse can take many more subtle forms than physical violence. People often know their abuser – they’re a partner, family member, friend or colleague. Because of this understanding and accepting that you have been abused can feel frightening, overwhelming or shameful. Survivors of any form of abuse may find that the negative thoughts and feelings surrounding it affect them long after their abuse has ended. This can adversely affect their quality of life. At The Eaves, our specialist counsellors and psychotherapists offer a wide range of therapy options tailored to meet your needs. Seeking help is the first step in understanding and working through the complex emotional issues surrounding abuse and regaining control of your life. If you are in an emergency situation, please call the Police or contact Refuge.

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There are many different types of abuse including – but not exclusively – physical abuse, domestic abuse or violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, neglect, discriminatory abuse, organisational or institutional abuse or self-neglect.

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour that is used by someone to control or obtain power over their partner.

In an emergency situation please call the Police. If your situation involves domestic abuse please call the Police or Refuge on 08082000247.