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.