Domestic abuse, or abuse in a relationship, does not necessarily involve physical violence. It can be psychological, emotional or sexual. Abusive behaviour such as jealousy or possessiveness can be presented as a sign of love, but even if they do love you, it is not acceptable behaviour.
It is important to remember that domestic abuse can happen to anyone – men or women, gay or straight.
It can be difficult for people to leave an abusive relationship, but the longer it goes on, the more it will affect your self-esteem and confidence, which in turn makes it harder to leave a partner.
If you are affected by domestic abuse, remember that it is not your fault and you are not alone – there are many people affected by domestic abuse, and receiving support.
There is support available:
- Talk to one of the Luton Sexual Health advisers or mentors.
- Women’s Aid in Luton offers refuge, outreach, drop-in and a freedom programme. Call 01582 391856 (Monday–Friday 10am–5pm)
- Luton All Women’s Centre offers support, advice and counselling on domestic abuse, forced marriages and honour violence, and a freedom programme. Call 01582 416783 (Monday–Friday 9am–5pm)
- Stepping Stones offers help and support to women affected by any drug/alcohol, domestic abuse, mental health and social care related issues, and a freedom programme. Call 01582 4571140.
- Disrespect NoBody offers help and advice for young people
- Galop is a national LGBT+ anti-violence charity
- Look at the Counselling Directory.
COVID-19 & Domestic Abuse
During this COVID-19 crisis, UK SAYS NO MORE have been working to ensure victims of domestic abuse across the UK can access vital support in a safe space.
From Friday 1st May, the Safe Spaces scheme with Boots UK will become active. All Boots UK stores will facilitate their pharmacy consultation rooms as Safe Spaces, enabling victims of domestic abuse to access specialist domestic abuse support services.
All you need to do is:
- Ask at the healthcare counter in Boots to use the Safe Space
- The pharmacist will show you to the Safe Space. Once you are inside, all the specialist domestic abuse support information will be available for you to access, and you can make that call safely.
- Information available includes : National helplines, and how to download the Bright Sky app which provides information on local, specialist domestic abuse services and other resources
Find out where your nearest Boots pharmacy is using their store locator