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Recognising the Signs of Domestic Abuse - Protecting Yourself & Your Loved Ones

Recognising the Signs of Domestic Abuse – Protecting Yourself & Your Loved Ones

Domestic abuse thrives in silence, leaving victims feeling isolated and unsure where to turn. Hervey Bay, like any community, is not immune to this devastating reality. At Geldard Sherrington Lawyers, we believe knowledge is power, especially when it comes to recognising the signs of domestic abuse and empowering yourself and loved ones to seek help.

Domestic abuse isn’t just physical violence

While physical injuries are a red flag, abuse can manifest in various forms, including:

  • Emotional abuse: This involves insults, put-downs, threats, and intimidation, eroding self-esteem and creating a climate of fear.
  • Psychological abuse: This can involve manipulation, isolation, gaslighting, and controlling behaviour, making the victim question their reality and judgment.
  • Financial abuse: Controlling finances, preventing access to money, or sabotaging credit can trap victims and leave them dependent on the abuser.
  • Sexual abuse: This includes any unwanted sexual contact, coercion, or pressure, violating the victim’s boundaries and causing lasting trauma.

Be alert to these warning signs

  • Does your partner constantly criticise, belittle, or humiliate you?
  • Do they try to control who you see, where you go, or what you do?
  • Do they threaten you or your loved ones?
  • Do they monitor your phone calls, emails, or social media?
  • Do they prevent you from accessing finances or working?
  • Do they force you into sexual acts you’re not comfortable with?

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs, help is available

  • Don’t stay silent: Reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or professional.
  • Contact the DV Connect hotline: 1800 811 811, 24/7 support and information.
  • Seek legal advice: We at Geldard Sherrington Lawyers offer confidential consultations and guidance on legal options for protection and safety.

Remember, you are not alone. There is support available, and you deserve to live a life free from abuse. Email or call Geldard Sherrington Lawyers on 07 4194 5422 to book a consultation. We can guide you through the legal process and explain your rights.

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