Stages of domestic abuse  

Like most people, you may have entered your relationship hoping it will last. Often abuse creeps into the relationship gradually. You stay put because you hope it will change & your partner is so sorry and loving. This is called the binding stage of abuse. You have invested a lot into your relationship and it is hard to admit all is not perfect.

As time goes on, there will often be an increase in aggression or violence. You may start to feel like you’re walking on eggshells and can do nothing right. This is the enduring stage of abuse.

Domestic abuse usually escalates and increases in frequency. You may be confused as to why this has happened and may start to believe your partner that it is your fault. You may have started to imagine what life could be like if you left. At this stage you are starting to disengage from the relationship. Leaving is the most dangerous time for you. Your partner will want to re-gain control and may become unpredictable.
But many people find it is possible to end the abusive relationship and go on to build a life. So whatever stage you’re at, we are here to help.


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