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Domestic Abuse

Introduction to Domestic Abuse

category domestic abuseDomestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour that comes in many forms such as, threats, violence, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse, and it is very common and can happen to anyone. Noticing the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step towards ending it.

 

Domestic abuse can occur to people in marriages, cohabitation as well as with family members. There are different types of domestic abuse and it does not always have to involve physical violence.



Domestic abuse can include:

  • Physical: Pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.
  • Sexual: Forcing or pressuring someone to have sec, unwanted sexual activity/rape, inappropriately touching or
  • groping someone or making them watch pornography.
  • Financial: Taking someone's money, controlling their finances or even not letting someone work.
  • Emotional: Making an individual feel bad about situations or themselves or scared, stalking, blackmailing, playing mind games.

 

If you are worried that you or a friend or family member is suffering from domestic abuse, it is important to get help. Talking to the Sikh Helpline can help to give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it. We can help you to by supporting you and you getting you in touch with the right agencies.


Talking to the Sikh Helpline can help to give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it. We can help by supporting and getting you in touch with the right agencies. The Sikh Helpline is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help and you can contact us anytime.


Read articles, case studies and other information related to this topic below.

 

 

Divine Intervention, Renewed Faith - Sikh Helpline 

 

Dv2This is a case of long standing, mental destitution spanning over a 20 year period. A middle aged woman who suffered in silence, turned to her Guru for help. She went to her local Gurdwara and fell at the feet of Sat Guru (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji). This broken mother of 2, doing Ardas (a heartfelt plea/prayer) whilst a stream of tears rolling off her cheeks, doing her best to conceal her emotions but to no avail. After sitting a while in Darbar Sahib (the royal court), a mild sense of composure was mustered and she made her way out. On the way out, she came across a Sikh Helpline poster and feeling that her Guru was extending his loving hand of mercy; she too reached out her hand and courageously called the Helpline. It transpired that this lady had been suffering from Domestic Violence and in fear for the safety of her children she managed to keep it hidden from them and bore the brunt of her husband?s drunken rage for over 2 decades. 20

years of physical abuse, 20 years of living in fear, 20 years of isolation and too terrified to reach out for help.

violenceA call was received by the Sikh Helpline regarding a rape case that had been brought to the forefront after the highlighted press case from Delhi in the recent news. A sister who was in deep distress having hidden her pains for many decades until she couldn?t bear it no more.

 

?I was married for 15 years, to a once loving and caring man...who under the influence of alcohol became very abusive with domestic violence and sexual abuse too.....I had two beautiful children with my husband but years later, began to realise that a lot was being hidden from me, and all the money I had been earning for all my married years was disappearing into a dark black hole, that I couldn?t trace. I took the physical abuse for many years towards the end of my marriage, including forced intercourse against my consent, but us women, have the duty to look after the house, our husband and our children and it is not easy when one is being continuously beaten and bruised as well as salved for one?s pleasure.

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