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Webchat: Domestic Violence Awareness: Monday 28th November 4.30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 28th November 2016.

Did you know next week is Domestic Violence Awareness week? Join us online on Monday 28th November to chat to a professional from United Against Domestic Violence services. Share experiences, seek advice and ask questions. Get information on keeping safe in relationships and learn what is good and bad about relationships.

Remember all of the chats are completely anonymous, safe and secure, see our terms and conditions for more information.

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User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:25

Hi this webchat will start at 4.30pm. Today's topic is on domestic violence awareness. Please feel free to take part.

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:42

What is domestic abuse?

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:44

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse or violence involves the misuse of power and is based on a range of control behaviours which include: physical, sexual, psychological, social or economic abuse or neglect of an person by a partner, ex-partner, family member or someone who is looking after you.

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:45

It doesn't matter how old you are, whether or not you are male or female, your sexual orientation, religious, cultural or political beliefs, your ethnicity, disability, HIV status, class or location. Domestic abuse can also include forced marriage and so-called ‘honour crimes’.

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:46

It can include

Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
Psychological and/or emotional abuse
Physical abuse
Sexual abuse
Financial abuse
Forced marriage
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Honour-based violence
Online or digital abuse

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:47

What is Sexual Violence?

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:48

Sexual violence can include:

Unwanted touching
Pressure to have sex or sexual acts
Forced to have sexual pictures taken
Forced to watch pornography
‘Grooming’, which can involve befriending children and young people, gaining their trust and often feeding with drugs and/or alcohol or buying gifts etc. before the sexual abuse begins
Online sexual abuse

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:48

Sexual violence/abuse could be a recent incident or something that has happened in the past.

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:49

Where can I go for help if this is happening to me or someone I know?

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:53

If you are in an emergency situation,
always call the Police on 999 in the first

You can call us at UAVA on our helpline: 0808 80 200 28
Call our helpline:

0808 80 200 28
The helpline is a freephone number, which won’t show
up on your bill. We’re open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm.

Send us an email:

Emails are checked Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Send us a text: 07715 994 962

This is for text support only, calls to this number won’t be answered.

Write to us at: UAVA Ltd. PO Box 26. Leicester. LE1 1AA

If you are, or have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, we are here to help. We have specially trained staff who can talk with you confidentially and offer guidance and support tailored to your needs.

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:53

Get help for someone else

It can be difficult to know what to do if you know or suspect someone is, or has been, a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Our helpline staff can also offer advice to friends and family on what options are available to the victim and to you.

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:56

Who is UAVA?

UAVA Ltd stands for United Against Violence and Abuse. We provide specialist domestic abuse and sexual violence services.

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 16:59

One in seven children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood.

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 17:00

Children are individuals and may respond to witnessing abuse in different ways.

They may become anxious or depressed
They may have difficulty sleeping
They have nightmares or flashbacks
They can be easily startled
They may complain of physical symptoms such as tummy aches
They may start to wet their bed
They may have temper tantrums
They may behave as though they are much younger than they are
They may have problems with school
They may become aggressive or they may internalise their distress and withdraw from other people
They may have a lowered sense of self-worth
Older children may begin to play truant or start to use alcohol or drugs
They may begin to self-harm by taking overdoses or cutting themselves
They may have an eating disorder

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 17:01

Children may also feel angry, guilty, insecure, alone, frightened, powerless or confused.

They may have ambivalent feelings towards both the abuser and the non-abusing parent.

User has removed their details / 28 Nov 17:06

Thanks for watching today's webchat, this chat is now closed. We hope you found this information useful.

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Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens: relationships section or:

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.


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