Domestic Abuse is a subject that needs highlighting more within society and I think social media is a great way to start.
I saw this on my Twitter feed from my local council
When I was 15 I entered into a relationship with a boy who was 2 years older than me. He had the typical bad boy image but towards me he said all the right things and was kind, considerate and caring.
I can’t remember exactly when that all changed but he became more aggressive towards me, he would constantly message me when we were apart, which in the beginning I thought was sweet, but it soon turned to him thinking I was ignoring him if I didn’t message back straight away and he began accusing me of cheating on him.
I did my best to reassure him that I wasn’t and he would say that he was sorry and he was just scared of losing me.
I remember the once us having an argument and in his car and when we pulled up to my house I got out the car and slammed the door, he then shot the car forward to try and run me down.
I never said anything anybody because he made me scared, I was worried that if I told anybody he would hurt me, hurt me more than he had.
He fractured my cheekbone, pinned me up against a wall, said awful things to me that really knocked my confidence. He would constantly put me down about what I was wearing, how I did my hair and makeup, the friends that I had.
It wasn’t always physical, but emotional and mental abuse too.
Abuse is defined as a threat, controlling you, being possessive and or jealous or anything that frightens you. Any incident that is deemed threading behaviour towards you is abuse.
Unfortunately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in the U.K will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime. There is help out there so I have listed some