What are the signs of Domestic Abuse?

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Abusers are often masterminds in creating a false sense of reality for the people they abuse. They exercise control in various ways and pray on the fear of the victim. This leads to thinking that the abuse is justified and that it is ‘my fault’.

Before you fall prey to abuse, look at some of the character traits of an abuser.


  • Possessiveness
  • Jealousy
  • Put-downs
  • Threats
  • Physical and sexual violence

How can I keep Myself safe?

Abusers are master manipulators, therefore, they have no difficulty in making the victim believe that what’s going on is either their fault or not as serious as it seems, using phrases such as ‘you’re overreacting’ As a result, it’s easy to underestimate the amount of danger you are in. Deciding to leave a situation where you feel unsafe may be hard and scary. It takes heaps of courage but it is of utmost importance that you speak out and if possible, talk to someone you trust, such as a friend, counsellor or youth worker.

Consider staying with family or a friend that you can trust, while you work on what to do next. Most victim’s fear that if they go the police that the abuse will be much worse for them, however not speaking out is where the real damage is caused. Call the helpline for Women and Children abuse immediately if you are a victim or if you are aware of the abuse that’s taking place somewhere else.

If someone is hurting you, or threatening to hurt you, it can be hard to maintain your self-confidence or feelings of self-worth. You might even want to blame yourself. Remember that it’s never okay for someone to hurt you or threaten to hurt you. The best thing you can do in this situation is to get some support to help you plan a path to safety. Reconnecting with friends or family can remind you of who you are and how much other people love and care for you.

ZwavelStream clinic offers its support to those affected by gender-based violence. Here you will be met by a warm team of dedicated professional staff that has your best interests at heart. There’s no shame in seeking treatment. It’s an act of great courage to take that first step and reach out. At ZwavelStream Clinic we provide a safe space for those looking for just this kind of support and guidance. So if you recognize yourself or someone you love may need help, please contact us.

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