In a relationship, there are ups and downs – sometimes people say and do things to each other that are not nice. But there’s a difference between normal arguing and abusive, fighting behaviour in the home, which is called domestic abuse.
Abuse is when one person hurts or bullies another person. Domestic abuse is when this abuse happens between any couple who are going out with each other, living together, or married.
Usually men are the abusers and women are the victims (the ones getting hurt), but domestic violence can happen to men as well. Sometimes another member of your family might be the abuser; it’s possible that your mum, your brother or sister, your grandparent or your foster parent might be hurting someone in your family.
Domestic abuse doesn’t always have to be physical; it can also include emotional abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse. Many of these behaviours are crimes (against the law).
Abuse is not an accident – it is behaviour that is done on purpose and it makes the other person feel frightened or bad about themselves.
Need To Talk?
Call Childline free on 0800 1111
You can ring Childline at any time day or night, but because they are busy, it may take a few calls before you get through, so keep trying.
A website especially for children and young people about domestic abuse. There is also a virtual refuge to look around and ask questions.