It is not OK for one person in an intimate relationship to control, frighten or hurt the other. Domestic abuse can happen to any man, both in same-sex and heterosexual relationships or from other family members and has damaging and far-reaching effects, both emotionally and physically.
Domestic abuse includes a range of behaviours: physical, psychological, sexual or financial. It is rarely a one-off event and tends to get worse over time. An abuser’s behaviour is often very controlling, including making the victim feel like the abuse is their fault.
If you are worried that you are experiencing domestic abuse, read through our list of warning signs. You can also call our local, confidential helpline on 020 8317 8273.