Christmas can be a great time of year for many, where families come together to share food and exchange gifts. However this is not the case for everyone. The coming together of families can bring challenges, and for some people Christmas can be the toughest time of the year. 

According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, for the year ending March 2018 "an estimated 2 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.3 million women, 695,000 men)." 

Types of abuse can include:

  • Verbal abuse (shouting, mocking and making threats)
  • Financial abuse (trapping you by withholding money)
  • Disrespect
  • Harassment (stalking)
  • Physical and verbal threats
  • Sexual violence
  • Physical violence
  • Breaking trust (lying to you or being jealous and making accusations)
  • Isolation (keeping you away from friends or family, monitoring or blocking your phone)
  • Denial (saying that the abuse is not happening)
  • Blame (saying that you are to blame for the abuse taking place)

If you are experiencing any type of domestic abuse, or you are worried for anyone's well-being, please speak to someone. 

If you are a resident, you can speak to your Housing officer who will be able to offer help and advice on support services available.

Alternatively there are many other support systems and networks that specialise in providing support to people experiencing domestic abuse:

Men's Advice Line

Women's Aid