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Domestic & Relationship Abuse

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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is when someone is physically, emotionally or sexually abused by a person they are in a relationship with. Generally, females experience domestic abuse more than men but men can be abused too. It can happen in male/female relationships and same sex relationships, Domestic abuse could be:

  • Physical such as hitting, kicking or punching
  • Emotional telling someone they are useless or ugly, all of the time
  • Sexual forcing someone to perform sexual acts or look at pornography,
  • Controlling - stopping someone from living their live how they want to, locking them in
  • Threats - to kill or hurt. Young people can get domestic abuse at home they might hear or see things happening between adults that makes them scared or upset.

Relationship Abuse

Relationship Abuse Is not always considered to be a problem for young people. Research has now shown that this type of abuse can begin even earlier than age 16 for large numbers of young people.

A survey of 13 to 17 year olds found that a quarter (25%) of girls and 18% of boys reported having experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner.

  • Abuse in relationships is not normal or right if you are in an abusive relationship its not your fault and you do not have to stand for it.

  • It is not just physical violence, like punching or kicking, that makes a relationship abusive if you are threatened with violence, have no say over what you wear or who you see or speak to, or are constantly criticised it is still abuse.

  • Abuse is never OK blaming abuse on anger, jealousy, alcohol or the behaviour of the other person is not right.

IMPORTANT Help and Support

If you are experiencing abuse or know someone who is at risk and needs help, support is available.

  • If you or anyone else is in immediate danger call 999 and ask for the Police.
  • If you are in a hostile environment or situation and you can't talk, you can call the Police on 999and press 55 to tell them that you are unable to speak but that you need their help.
  • Call the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
  • Speak to someone at your Youth Support Centre

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Domestic Abuse

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