The Metropolitan Police Services have launched two videos which will play in GP offices across London, in an effort to increase awareness around domestic abuse. The videos highlight physical abuse, but also draw attention to coercive control, a form of psychological abuse. The videos are a part of a 16-day campaign to bring awareness around domestic abuse against women. An estimated 1.2 million women in the UK experienced domestic abuse between 2017-and 2018.
“I didn’t say anything [then] because I wanted things to work,” she said.
Don’t let these warning signs fly under the radar.
Imagine you went on a first date with someone who was sarcastic, nasty, disparaging towards you. It's hard to believe that you would agree to a second date. Yet an abusive relationship can creep up on us and have us gradually accepting that behaviour, justifying it, perhaps even feeling that we are in some way responsible for it happening.
There are statistics, news stories and articles everywhere about women made ashamed and guilty by secrets: singledom, childlessness, genital mutilation, forced marriage, physical or sexual or emotional abuse, menstrual conditions, the size and shape of their labia...The list goes on.
Abuse takes on many forms, as experts know all too well. You don't have to be physically beaten to be an abuse victim. Mental and emotional abuse can be (in the majority of the cases) actually more detrimental to you than the physical abuse as the former does not leave any obvious scars.
Young girls were sexually exploited by a group of men who subjected them to depravity and perversion, a court has heard. Six