There is no doubt that the high profile court case between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp brought the horrors of domestic violence to the forefront of people’s minds as TV and radio stations around the world covered every aspect of the case. Both parties alleged they suffered domestic abuse as
they gave detailed and often shocking examples to support their cases. Whatever your opinion on who may have been right or wrong, this is just one case.

What are the warning signs?

Millions of normal everyday people are suffering domestic violence and many feel trapped in situations, often through fear and financial dependence, and feel paralyzed in any attempt to escape from their living hell. Where there are low income situations and people caught in the poverty trap, the situation is exacerbated as they feel they cannot get legal representation and don’t know where to turn. But what is domestic violence, also referred to as domestic abuse?

Firstly, it isn’t always physical Not everyone who is being abused will be covered in cuts and bruises, although many are Whilst many people, male or
female, sadly suffer violent attacks by a partner, many suffer from mental abuse from controlling and intimidating behaviour. According
to the World Health Organisation the numbers are startling On a global scale, 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence

Disturbingly, this information was gathered in 2018 before the pandemic, where during mandatory confinement, the numbers of complaints to the
police grew significantly. In the USA, according to the National Library of Medicine, domestic violence affects 10 million people every year and the numbers are growing.

What can you do? Well, you can see from the horrific global case numbers, you are not alone There are many support channels who are non judgmental, confidential, and free

SAMARITANS free phone 900 525 100

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WEB: informacionUtilrecursos/ocs/Tarjeta016_INGLES.pdf
What’s App: 0034 600 000 016

Don’t suffer in silence

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