What is domestic abuse?
Domestic Abuse is something that affects both women & men and can have devastating affects on victims and their families, reaching out to people that can provide a support system is the first step in reclaiming your life.
Changing Pathways formerly Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- 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
- Online or digital abuse
Changing Pathways – Helpline 01268 729707
Changing Pathways (formerly known as Basildon Women’s Aid) is a domestic abuse charity working across the areas of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Thurrock. We provide free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced domestic abuse.
Our confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).
This can range from actual violence or object throwing to mental abuse such as constant bullying or constant insults.
We provide both emotional support and practical information.
We receive calls from male victims across all age ranges and professions:
• From dustmen and doctors to bankers and builders,
• From men in their 20s to men in their 80s,
• From men across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
We welcome calls from mothers, sisters and friends of male victims seeking information.
We also receive calls from support organisations, charities and statutory agencies such as local authorities and police forces.