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I’m being abused – What shall I do?

If you are being abused, try to remember the following:

  • Domestic violence is a crime.  It is against the law
  • You’re not alone.  One women in four and one man in six is abused during their lifetime.
  • You don’t have to deal with this on your own.  Talk to someone you can trust or call our helpline on 01283 229854 or Free-phone Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08000198668 or Free-phone National Domestic Violence Helpline.  all calls are confidential
  • The abuse is not your fault.  You cannot make someone hit you – violence is a choice and only they are responsible.
  • You cannot change your partner.  They must accept responsibility for their behaviour
  • Abuse is hardly ever a one-off – it generally gets worse over time
  • If you are in danger call 999.  the police have a duty to investigate and charge.  They can also offer you protection and help you find safe accommodation.

The Way Forward

Recognising that you are being abused is an important step.  Where do you go from here is up to you.

You don’t have to decide to leave the relationship right away.  Only you know wheat is the right decision for you. Take it one step at a time and with each achievement you’ll feel stronger.

Next Step is here to support you whatever you decide.  We run a range of services from the helpline to locally based services and support for going to court, access to accommodation etc.

Whatever you decide, we won’t judge you or tell you what to do.  We won’t tell anyone you have been in touch with us.  lthough it may feel impossible you can rebuild your life free from violence and fear.