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Against Violence Project
West Cork Women Against Violence Project
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Are You Abused?

What is Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse/violence is a pattern of controlling behavior which can be coercive and threatening that is used by one person over another within a close/intimate relationship.

It exists across all social classes, in all countries and there is not a particular type of person it happens to. Abuse can begin at any time — at the beginning of a relationship or after many years together.

There are four main categories of abuse:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse, which includes gaslighting, coercive control and digital abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Each woman’s experience is individual. We recognize that most women who are abused will experience one or more forms of abuse. Some forms of abuse can be hard to define but if you are anxious or frightened when you are with your partner, then that relationship is not healthy

Underpinning domestic abuse is the abuser’s need for power and control over their partner.

  • Physical Abuse Physical abuse is the most identifiable form of abuse but can range from subtle to life-threatening. It can involve: • Pulling your hair• Using
  • Emotional or Psychological Abuse Emotional Abuse is a highly effective means of establishing a power imbalance within a relationship and is as harmful as physical
  • Sexual Abuse Where there is a dynamic of control and abuse in an intimate relationship, the likelihood of sexual coercion and abuse is high. It
  • Financial Abuse This is a form of domestic violence in which the abuser uses money as a means of controlling his partner. It is a
  • How Children Are Affected Children are also the victims of domestic violence both directly and indirectly. Children’s experiences, reactions and responses vary, with some children
  • Why Women Stay Many women don't necessarily want to leave the relationship; they just want the violence to stop. There are a variety of reasons
  • Profile of an Abuser Profiles and Behaviours of an Abusive Partner Emotionally and verbally abusive: • He may use silence as a technique to manipulate you•
  • Women’s Stories “I was curled into a ball on the floor, bruised and aching all over from the kicking. I was four months pregnant with


Violence against women is unacceptable!

We value all the help and support that we receive from organisations and individuals, and your financial support, whatever the amount, will help us to help those suffering domestic abuse. We all believe that violence against women is unacceptable.
Freephone helpline: 1800 203 136