Domestic abuse is very common; approximately 1.3 million women suffer abuse in some form every year. Often women experience more than one type of abuse which have a wide range of effects on both physical and mental wellbeing. If not addressed this can have long term health consequences.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence . It can also be:

  • coercive control (this is an act or a pattern of acts of assualt, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim)
  • economic abuse (financial abuse involves a perpetrator using or misusing money which limits and controls their partner's current and future actions and their freedom of choice)
  • online abuse
  • threats and intimidation
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse

Pregnancy can trigger an increase in the frequency and intensity of abuse and many women will experience it for the first time during their pregnancy.

We know that people suffering abuse often want help but feel they cannot speak out; this is why all health care staff have been trained to ask you about your relationship and if you feel safe at home. Midwives, GP’s and Health visitors will support you and your family offering advice and referral to a specialist worker if this is needed. They will not make decisions for you but can offer guidance and information so that you can move forward together and keep yourself safe.

Household isolation restrictions as a result of coronavirus do not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Please speak to your midwife if you need any support or call one of the help line numbers in the box below.

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin:

Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service

Telephone or email for local support and guidance.

Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service can also help you if you need to flee your home by helping you to access refuge or other safe accommodation.

Telephone: 0300 3031191

West Mercia Women’s Aid

West Mercia Women’s aid run a 24 hour Domestic Abuse Helpline and can call offer support, safety planning, information and advice.

Telephone: 0800 7831359

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid Live Chat is currently available Monday to Friday between 10am - 12noon. This could be a safer way to access some support; particularly if an abuser might also be in the property so it would be unsafe to make a telephone call.

Women's Aid Email Service is still operating during the Coronavirus pandemic and can provide support.

Free helpline open 24 hours a day.

Telephone number: 0808 2000 247

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