Warning Signs

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, it may be possible that you don’t see it as abusive. Someone on the outside of the relationship may have a completely different perspective on the situation which may help you identify what is actually happening.

The following situations are clear warning signs that you may be in an abusive relationship. If any of these are familiar to you call our Referral and Advice line on 020 8317 8273 or email info_gdva@h4w.co.uk


Does your partner:

  • Get angry or upset with you, say they’re sorry afterwards but then repeat their behaviour
  • Stop you from leaving the house, either physically or by demanding you fulfil certain requirements before they will let you leave
  • Ignore you when you say no to sex or engaging in sexual activities
  • Physically force themselves on you and force you to have sex
  • Punch, slap, strangle, kick you or throw things at you
  • Verbally demean you by insulting or mocking you, either to your face or to other people
  • Actively work to sabotage your relationships with others, be they of the same or opposite gender
  • Behave in a reckless manner with the safety of you and your children, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or behaving in other irresponsible ways
  • Frighten or hurt your children
  • Spend a large amount of the household budget on things for themselves, leaving you and your children without food or other necessities
  • Restrict your movements and insist on always knowing where you are and with whom you are speaking?