Domestic Violence Counselling Brisbane: Are you in an abusive relationship?
According to the World Health Organisation’s first international study into the prevalence of violence against women found that one in four women in high-income countries have been abused by their partners, compared with a third of women worldwide.
The report identified, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence, most often perpetrated by a partner.
Nearly 30 per cent of women worldwide have suffered physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their intimate partner.
It can happen to anyone
A common misconception is that domestic violence occurs in women from disadvantaged backgrounds, but it can happen to anyone.
Intimate partner abuse is all about power and control and can occur in any relationship, it knows no demographic or socioeconomic boundaries, any woman, regardless of age, money or status can find herself in an abusive relationship.
Falling in love with an abusive man can happen easily. It’s often not until the relationship is firmly established that the abuse begins.
Just because your partner has never hit you doesn’t mean your relationship isn’t abusive.
Emotional Abuse: Calling you names, making negative comments about what you wear, putting you down, constantly accusing you of flirting with other men, blaming you for his outbursts.
Trying to isolate you from your support network: Making you feel guilty for spending time with your friends and family, and encouraging you to spend all your time with him.
Using intimidation and threats: Threatening hand gestures or smashing your things in anger. It could also mean threatening to harm himself or you if you end things.
How to get help
Leaving can be dangerous, so see an Amima counsellor beforehand to discuss your options and work out a safe exit plan.
If you are doing internet research about domestic violence services, make sure you do it somewhere safe, like at your work or the library, just in case your partner is monitoring your computer.
The Next Step
Give one our our Brisbane domestic violence counsellors a call on (07) 3161 4377 and book a counselling session for yourself.
If you are unsure, take advantage of our latest offer of a free 15 minute phone consultation and we can take it from there.