Domestic abuse is any action intended to control or keep power over a spouse, partner, family member, or girlfriend/boyfriend. The abuse may take the form of something physical, or it may be emotional, verbal, sexual, or financial. You might feel threatened, controlled, or belittled.
If you are experiencing abuse or domestic violence, you do not have to deal with this on your own. Staff from 3 hotlines that support people experiencing abuse and domestic violence in Burundi can help. Contact them if these signs of abuse sound familiar:
Victims of abuse and domestic violence can be in a difficult position. They once had (or still have) love for the abuser. On the other hand, they are constantly exposed to harm from someone who should love them back. This can feel puzzling and scary.
You might feel insecure and unsure what the right thing to do in your situation is. Fortunately, there are professionals and volunteers in Burundi who have experience helping domestic violence and abuse victims. They could help you find your way towards a better life.
If you feel like you might need support today, try reaching out to a hotline in Burundi. It's free and confidential.