Mummy says…. I had quite a shock yesterday – my youngest daughter, Lea told me something that shocked me deeply regarding domestic abuse…
According to Pathway Project Domestic Abuse rates increase by 38% when England lose at football.
Isn’t that absolutely horrific?
I can’t even comprehend this statistic.
I have suffered domestic abuse – something I don’t share on my blog really, it is very painful and still very raw for me. It never fails to amaze me how many women (yes, and men too – although the vast majority are women) suffer at the hands of men.
So, your favourite football team loses – you are upset, and you abuse your partner?????
Really???? I cannot even believe I am typing such a thing. I am a mum to two daughters aged 18 and 21 and two sons aged 15 and 5. If I manage nothing else, I will make sure they all know that domestic violence of any description is always, always totally 100% unacceptable.
I have suffered emotional and mental abuse for almost twenty years – only finally completely breaking free earlier this year. Even though I was no longer with my ex-partner he was still emotionally abusing me – and I didn’t even realise.
There is more help available now than ever before for sufferers of Domestic Abuse, and I want to spread the word about this help and support.
There are many ways to access help – I love the idea of this email support which is available 8.30 – 15.00 email@example.com
There is also a 24 hour helpline 01543 676800
Domestic abuse isn’t just violence
Many people think that if they aren’t being hit, punched, strangled or physically attacked they are not victims of domestic abuse. This is a complete myth. There are many, many ways that people can abuse someone and many of the most damaging do not involve any physical contact. If you are concerned then the following questions might help you:
- Does your partner call you names or put you down in front of others?
- Do they isolate you from family and friends?
- Do they withhold money?
- Have there been any sexual assaults?
- Do they make threats towards you?
Emotional abuse is one of the most damaging types of abuse and the effects stay with you a lot longer than physical scars.
If you are reading this post and it resonates with you in any way at all, please pop over to the website, or call or email. I am happy for you to email me too if you would rather – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please don’t suffer any more. Let’s Show Violence the Red Card. Kaz x