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Domestic violence: what is it, how to recognize it, where to go for help?
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Domestic violence: what is it, how to recognize it, where to go for help?
What is “domestic violence” under the law?

Domestic violence - unlawful actions or inaction (as well as threats to commit them) in the form of physical, sexual, psychological, economic violence committed in a certain circle of persons, regardless of their place of residence.

(Organizational and legal principles of preventing and countering domestic violence are defined by the Law of Ukraine “On Prevention and Countering Domestic Violence”. This Law also defines the main directions of implementation of state policy in the field of preventing and combating domestic violence, aimed at protecting the rights and interests of the affected persons).

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Who can it concern?

  • mother
  • father
  • kids
  • foster children
  • adoptive parents
  • Parent-educators
  • children pets
  • grandpa and grandpa cousins
  • nephews
  • guardians
  • husband and wife
  • spouses
  • spouses in a civil marriage
  • ex-spouses
  • brides
  • persons who have a common child
  • Cousins
  • persons under guardianship or guardianship
  • Patronic educators
  • brothers and sisters
  • cousins
  • native grandmothers and grandfathers
  • great-grandfather and great-grandmother
  • uncle and aunt

Forms (types) of domestic violence

This is when you are hit or pushed, not let out of your own home or allowed into it, forced to use alcohol or drugs. You are threatened with life or deliberately created situations that could pose a threat to your health and safety. Against your will, you are moved within the same state or abroad with the use of force, threats or deception.


  • causing bodily injuries of varying severity
  • slapping, tapping, pushing, pinching, spanking, biting
  • failure to provide assistance to a person in a life-threatening condition
  • Leaving in danger
  • Illegal Imprisonment

Is any of this happening to you or someone you know?

Do not delay! Call the number “102”, call the police right now!

This is when you are forced into unwanted sexual relations, touching intimate parts of your body without consent. You are forced to watch sexual acts (watch porn), etc. You are being forced to engage in prostitution.


  • coercing sexual intercourse
  • penetration into the human body without its consent
  • forced caresses without penetration into the body
  • coercion to engage in prostitution
  • coercion to watch pornography

Is any of this happening to you or someone you know?

Do not delay! Call the number “102”, call the police right now!

This is when you are manipulated for your own gain. You are being systematically blackmailed, harassed and intimidated. You are constantly and completely controlled, despised as a person, criticized and ridiculed. You are threatened with taking away your children, restricted in contacts with relatives and friends. You or third parties are threatened with murder or maiming.


  • humiliation, harassment, intimidation
  • acts aimed at limiting the will of a person
  • Verbal insults, threats, including against third parties
  • control in the reproductive sphere
  • actions that have harmed the mental health of the person

Is any of this happening to you or someone you know?

Do not delay! Call the number “102”, call the police right now!

This is when you are forbidden to work, you are deprived of your own funds. Your personal property is damaged or broken. You are illegally restricted or deprived of access to housing. You are deprived of food and water.


  • intentional deprivation of housing, food, clothing, other property, funds, or documents
  • being left without care or care
  • prohibition to work, forced labor
  • impediment in obtaining the necessary treatment or rehabilitation services
  • prohibition to learn

Is any of this happening to you or someone you know?

Do not delay! Call the number “102”, call the police right now!

If you have suffered or witnessed domestic violence, call 102

Safety plan

Plan your escape ahead of time.

Make copies or photos of important documents (passport, identification code, birth certificates of your own and children, marriage certificate, ID, title documents, medical reference cards, etc.).

Close bank accounts in advance and secretly, deposit and hide cash for 3-5 days.

Make duplicates of keys.

Collect essential items (medicines, hygiene products, clothes, shoes, valuables, jewelry).

Keep copies of collected documents and things in a safe and accessible place for you or with people you trust.

Delete the search history on the Internet, turn off the geolocation service in the settings of your smartphone (tablet, laptop), delete the history of e-mail correspondence and chat history in instant messengers, block your own accounts in social networks.

Arrange with neighbors, friends, and loved ones about signals that you're in danger so they know when you need help.

Find a place that would become a temporary safe haven.

Remember that the abuser can be not only relatives by law, but also roommates, brides, ex-spouses, regardless of whether you live together, as well as people who are not your relatives, but are connected with you by common life.

Preparatory stage
Critical stage

Avoid areas where there are sharp and dangerous objects (kitchen, bathroom, garage, balcony, etc.).

Stay in rooms that are easy to leave, stay closer to the exit.

Take off any jewelry or accessories, they can be dangerous in a critical situation for your life and health.

Make sure that the weapon, if it is in the house, is locked.

Take care of the safety of children and the elderly.

Try to avoid conflict, leave the room and call the emergency number “102".

Give a danger signal to neighbors, friends or loved ones if you are not able to notify the police in person.

Contact a medical institution if you suffer bodily harm and inform the doctors in detail about the situation that has occurred.

Record all manifestations of violence: photos of bruises and abrasions, messages with threats, records of telephone conversations, medical certificates, etc.

Call the emergency number “102” and report the situation.

Inform the people you trust (neighbors, close relatives and friends) about your condition and further intentions.

Change your phone number, email address, disable geolocation settings, change your daily routine and usual travel routes.

Keep copies of important documents with you and their originals in a safe place.

Inform the time and place of the meeting to the person you trust when you plan to see the abuser, schedule the meeting in a crowded place and/or in the area of the range of CCTV cameras (in shops, entertainment establishments, near government institutions).

Remember! The main rule of a safe hiding place is SECRECY (only people you trust should know about such a place)

Post-critical stage
If you feel depressed, worried, or desperate, call someone who can support you (a psychologist, social worker, friends, or parents).
If there are children in the family

Make sure children know how to call the police and know when to do so.

Instruct children how and when they need to leave the house in moments of acute conflict, and where they can go (invent a secret or code word).

Teach children not to intervene in conflict, not to try to protect you and to stay as far away from the abuser as possible.

Think and, if possible, discuss with the child the circle of people you trust, agree on situations in which you need to turn to these people for help.

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