How to spot the signs of domestic abuse

How to spot the signs of domestic abuse

Posted on Apr 30, 2016

Domestic Abuse



How to spot the signs of domestic abuse


BBC Radio 4’s popular radio series The Archers has recently gripped the nation with a storyline about domestic abuse.

The show’s 5 million listeners tuned-in to hear to the storyline’s climax earlier this month, which resulted in long-suffering Helen Titchener stabbing her abusive husband Rob.

There have been many resulting reactions, including the show’s fans raising over £80,000 for a domestic abuse charity, and also the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, vowing to bring domestic abusers to justice:


‘The Archers storyline on controlling or coercive behaviour has helped illustrate how incredibly destructive but nuanced this abuse can be.

In a relationship where one person holds more power than another, victims can suffer severe psychological and emotional abuse, even if the behaviour seems loving to the outside world.’


So how can domestic abuse be spotted?

Before getting to signs to be aware of, it is worth pointing out that caution is always recommended in reaching judgements as displaying any of the following indicators may not necessarily mean that someone is a victim of domestic abuse.


What are the signs that an adult may be suffering domestic abuse?


Anybody can be a victim of domestic abuse so it is vital to give yourself the best chance of recognising the signs a victim may display:

  • becoming increasingly distant and unavailable to spend time with family and friends
  • frequently being anxious, fearful, depressed or emotional
  • lying to protect their partner (‘I walked into a door’)
  • taking the blame for any arguments or outbursts.


What are the signs that a child may be experiencing or exposed to domestic abuse?


It’s also important to be aware that a child could be displaying signs of either experiencing domestic abuse or witnessing it.

Apart from any physical signs, children who witness domestic abuse may ‘act out’, or become withdrawn or anxious; their school attendance may be poor, they may have a short attention span, and perform poorly in lessons.

They may experience developmental delays in speech, motor or cognitive skills and may also use violence to express themselves.


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