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Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
SECTION TWO - HOW TO RECOGNISE THE SIGNS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE?

Physical signs

There are numerous physical signs of domestic abuse and victims will typically come up with a feeble or unlikely reason for the injury when questioned. 

Examples include:

  • Signs of self-harm or attempted suicide
  • Issues with pregnancy such as miscarriages or stillbirths
  • Covering bruises, cuts and/or burns with makeup or heavy clothing
  • Moving cautiously to guard injuries 
  • Missing or broken teeth and/or split lips. Though abusers tend to cause injuries to places that are more difficult to see, other areas can be hurt from resulting falls

 

Mental signs

One of the biggest indicators of domestic abuse is that the victim’s personality will change. 

They may have:

  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders 
  • Depression
  • Thoughts around self-harm
  • Sexual dysfunctions

 

Coping mechanisms

Some women turn to alcohol and drugs to help them cope with their day to day lives. 

Signs of drug use include:

  • Sick-looking skin
  • Shaking
  • Dilated pupils
  • Red eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Dry mouth

Signs of alcohol dependency include:

  • Complaining that they’re tired or have a headache
  • Excessive sweating
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Lack of concern over appearance or personal hygiene
  • You may also be able to smell alcohol on them

 

In the salon

Below are some of the signs to look out for in the salon

  • Being unusually quiet, withdrawn or anxious, especially when talking about their abuser
  • They turn down a drink to use their own flask or bottle which may contain alcohol
  • Seeming reluctant to go home after their appointment
  • Being checked up on during their appointment or having to let their abuser know where they are and what time they’ll be home
  • Only having the exact amount of money to cover the appointment
  • Desiring a refreshed look but sticking with their usual style/colour because of concerns their husband, partner or boyfriend will disapprove
  • Cancelling an appointment with very little notice or not attending
  • Replying to messages or emails in a style that isn’t their own. This could mean the abuser has control of their phone
  • Talking about how long-term absence caused by emotions is causing issues at work
  • Telling  you she is not allowed to see family or friends or go on nights out 

SECTION TWO RECAP QUIZ

Take the quiz below to test your understanding of this section of the course. You can restart the quiz any number of times.

PLEASE ONLY PROCEED TO THE NEXT SECTION ONCE YOU HAVE ACHEIVED A 3/3 SCORE

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SECTION TWO RECAP QUESTIONS

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One of the biggest indicators of domestic abuse is that the victim's personality will change, true or false?

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Which of the below may be a sign of drug use?

3 / 3

Which of these is NOT a sign of alcohol dependency?

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