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This is Sheila. Sheila has been a victim of domestic abuse but she is also a survivor.
Domestic abuse is the abuse of a person within an intimate or family relationship. Domestic abuse is a crime caused by the abusers desire for control and power. It isn't just physical; it can be psychological, sexual, emotional or even financial and can include:
Anyone can be abused, no matter where they live or how much money they have.It can affect anyone, regardless of race, age, class, gender, religion or sexuality. It happens in all kinds of relationships: heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.For both male and female victims of abuse, the message is the same:
There are many ways you can report domestic abuse - whether you’re a victim or a friend or relative of someone who is experiencing an abusive situation:
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