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Things need to change

In the UK one in four women and one in six men have experienced domestic abuse. Two women are murdered each week and three take their own lives.

Domestic abuse can blight the life of anyone from any background, and can have a profound effect on any children in the family.

Domestic abuse is regrettably widespread across Norfolk.

Research shows the importance of improving awareness of domestic abuse. This is not just for victims, but the wider public, friends, family and work colleagues, as well as staff in our frontline services - who can be in a position to spot the more subtle signs of abuse and provide support for victims to access specialist services.

It also showed that it was important that those perpetrating the abuse recognised behaviours that were not part of a healthy relationship.

The Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership has produced a series of short films for people to recognise the different types of abuse.

If you're concerned about a vulnerable adult, call Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or the police on 101. In an emergency, you should always ring 999.

Things need to change - can you spot the signs?

Remember that domestic abuse isn't always physical. The mental scars can be life-long. Can you spot the signs?

Things need to change - Emma's story

"You convinced me everyone was against us...I feel isolated and alone". Watch Emma's story.

Things need to change - Isaiah's story

"I went out with a friend, and you wouldn't stop texting me the questions, the accusations, I'm suffocating." See Isaiah's story.

Things need to change - Jess's story

"I'm afraid when I hear the front door closing; will it... just be words this time?" Could someone you know need help? See Jess tell her story.

Things need to change - Anthony's story

The impact domestic abuse can have on a person's mental health should not be underestimated. See Anthony's story.

Things need to change - Margaret's story 

Financial abuse is a form of domestic abuse and can have untold consequences on someone's mental health. ​See Margaret's story.