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About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence refers to a family member continuously and intentionally using violent or controlling behaviours to another member. Abusive behaviours are common towards intimate partner, child and elderly.

Formats of domestic violence include:

  1. Physical abuse
  2. Psychological abuse
  3. Sexual abuse
  4. Neglect the one who cannot look after onself

Impacts on DV victims

Domestic violence usually has long impacts on victims, including:

  1. Physically – wounds, disability, even death
  2. Psychologically– emotionally unstable, may have depression or PTSD, some of them even have suicidal thoughts or behaviours
  3. Victims have to face many challenges on daily life, e.g. moving out, divorce, losing the financial support, undergoing treatment due to physically or psychologically hurt
  4. Socially – Withdraw and stay alone due to lack of confidence and don’t know how to tell friends or relatives about domestic violence experiences

When conflicts happen,

  1. Don't quarrel or stimulate him/her
  2. Keep calm and escape as soon as possible
  3. If you cannot escape, don’t stay at washroom, kitchen or anywhere with sharp objects
  4. Escape with a mobile phone
  5. Call the police at 999