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Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse happens when one person tries to control and assert power over their partner in an intimate relationship. It includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse or sexual abuse.

What is physical abuse?
Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers that person. Physical assault is a crime, whether it occurs inside or outside of the family. The Gardai have the power and authority to protect you from physical attack.

What is emotional abuse?
Emotional abuse includes verbal abuse such as shouting, name-calling, blaming, and shaming. Isolation, intimidation, and controlling behavior also fall under emotional abuse. Additionally, abusers who use emotional or psychological abuse often threaten physical violence or other repercussions if you don’t do what they want.

The aim of emotional abuse is to chip away at your feelings of self-worth and independence. If you’re experiencing emotional abuse, you may feel that there is no way out of the relationship or that without your abusive partner you have nothing. You may think that physical abuse is far worse than emotional abuse, but, the scars of emotional abuse are very real, and they run deep.

What is financial abuse?
Financial abuse includes controlling your finances, withholding money or credit cards, making you account for every penny you spend, preventing you from working or choosing your own career, sabotaging your job, stealing from you or restricting you to an allowance.

What is sexual abuse?
Any situation in which you are forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe or degrading sexual activity is sexual abuse.

The Checklist
  Do you... feel afraid of your partner? avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your...  
It’s still abuse if…
It’s still abuse if… the incidents of domestic abuse seem minor when you compare them to what you...  
Someone you know
If someone you know or care about is subjected to domestic abuse: they may have told you directly, you may have...  
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