Firstly let me congratulate you on seeking help and secondly please feel reassured as there is a great deal of support and resources available to you. As you identified domestic violence include emotional abuse and has the potential to escalate into acts of violence. You did not state if there are children living in the home so I will include the help numbers as well just in case.
The contact numbers for the support services are as follows :_
Domestic Violence Crisis Service Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 1300 782 200
Domestic Violence Help Line 24 hours metropolitan and country 1800 800 098
Crisis Care - Weekends and Public Holidays 24 hours - Week days 4pm - 9am 13 16 11
Domestic Violence Crisis Service Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm 1300 782 200
Mens Information Support Centre (08) 8212 0331
Parenting SA - www.parenting.sa.gov.au
Womens Health Statewide - www.whs.sa.gov.au
Migrant Women's Emergency Support Service (-8) 8346 9417
Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au
MensLine Australia www.mensline.org.au 1300 78 99 78
Reach Out Australia 1800 200 526
Love: The good, the bad, the ugly lovegoodbadugly.com
Relationships Australia www.relationships.org.au 1300 364 277
As you can see there is a great deal of support out there and the key message that comes from all of these supports is that it is important to seek help as soon as possible. These services are confidential and provide access to skilled Psychologists and Counsellors.
You have identified emotional abuse as the trigger for the physical abuse which are signs that your relationship is in need of attention. The likelihood is that unless you seek help you may find yourself in the same situation again.
I commend you for your courage, it is difficult to own up to behaviours that we don't understand or are not proud of. You have made an important first step. I encourage to take the next step and ring any of the numbers above so you and your partner can rebuild your relationship and create a healthier future for you both.
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