7th December 2021
Women often don’t report or disclose domestic abuse to the police and many underreport it in surveys. But domestic abuse is very common. Given that 1 in 3 women aged 16-59 will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, whether we realise it or not, we probably all know a survivor and the first person they disclose it to is usually are friend or family member.
Perhaps she avoids talking about her partner, seems to be losing confidence in herself, and has become increasingly distant. Or perhaps she mentioned something that he did or said. Your alarm bells are ringing, and your red flag radar and your gut are telling you something is off… If you think someone you know is experiencing abuse behind closed doors, you might feel helpless, but there are ways you can support her.