Domestic abuse is any action or behaviour from a partner or spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend or family member that aims to control you. For some, this is physical violence, for others it takes the form of verbal, emotional, sexual or financial abuse.
If you are in Belgium and you are exposed to violence, 7 hotlines that support with abuse and domestic violence are available to you. You do not have to bear that burden in quiet, alone. Reach out if you are noticing these signs:
You might feel completely alone if you are a victim of abuse and domestic violence. Many people in your position tend to hide what they are experiencing. However, know that it is nothing to be ashamed of. The abuse and everything about it is absolutely not your fault.
You might feel insecure and unsure what the right thing to do in your situation is. Fortunately, there are professionals and volunteers in Belgium who have experience helping domestic violence and abuse victims. They could help you find your way towards a better life.
If you are ready to talk to someone about your experiences of abuse or domestic violence, you can contact a hotline in Belgium for free and confidential support.