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Family and relationships

Our relationships with family and partners can be complex. Everyone's is different, but it is important to recognise when that difference is impacting negatively on how we are feeling.

On this page you will find:

Family and relationships

Relationship breakdown

At the end of a relationship, there can be a lot of emotion and uncertainty. Often, you go through a grieving process and this can feel overwhelming.

If you have ended the relationship, you may feel responsible for emotions that have been caused. If you have been at the receiving end, you may feel hurt or abandoned.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse/violence is the misuse of power that a person over the age of 16 and is personally connected to their victim uses.

These power/ control mechanisms can include, but are not limited to physical, sexual, psychological, social or economic abuse or neglect of an individual by a partner, ex-partner, carer or one or more family members, in an existing or previous domestic relationship.

Domestic violence can affect anybody regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religious, cultural, or political beliefs, ethnicity, disability, HIV status, class or location.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence); Psychological and/or emotional abuse; Physical abuse; Sexual abuse; Financial abuse; Forced marriage; Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); Honour-based violence; Harassment; Stalking; Online or digital abuse.

Sexual violence

Sexual violence is when coercion (threats or force) is used to obtain a sexual act or attempt to obtain a sexual act. It also includes unwanted sexual comments or advances, acts to traffic, and force to obtain sexual photographs.

These acts can be carried out by any person regardless of relationship, and in any setting – not just at home or work.

You can report sexual violence and abuse to the police by calling 101 or in an emergency call 999.

Forced marriage

It is important that you consent to the arrangement of a marriage. Everyone has the right to choose who they marry or if they wish to marry at all.

If you're facing pressure, threats, or duress to marry someone against your will, this is forced marriage.

This includes physical, psychological, financial, sexual, and emotional pressure.

Forced marriage is illegal.