What can I do?

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0800 027 1234

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whyRemember, domestic abuse isn’t your fault. You’re not to blame. Here’s what you can do to help your situation. You can…

  • Learn about what domestic abuse is
  • Make a safety plan to keep yourself safe
  • You can talk to someone about it
  • Use this site to contact a member of the AWARE team to help you deal with how this is making you feel.

You may have other ideas on what to do, like trying to stop the fighting or running away. It’s important for you to know that domestic abuse isn’t your fault. The most important thing is for you to be safe.

Contacting a member of the AWARE team means you can talk to a worker in confidence (or email them). They won’t tell anyone unless you’ve asked them to or unless you’re in danger. They’ll listen and help you sort out what you can do at your own pace.

A Friend:
Sometimes it’s easiest to tell a friend. They can then help you tell an adult if you want to. Letting them know what’s going on means they can look out for you in an emergency.

They’ll probably ask you:

  • To describe what’s happening and who’s in the house
  • If anyone is hurt
  • For your name and address
  • To stay on the phone (if you can) until an officer arrives to help

Teachers know that some children and young people live in homes where there’s domestic abuse. Sometimes they’ll have to talk to other adults about what you’ve said but they should tell you first. Teachers can refer you to AWARE for support with your consent.

Doctor/School Nurse:
It’s OK to tell your doctor or school nurse about what’s going on at home or in your own relationship. Your doctor or school nurse might suggest some people you can talk to and can refer you to AWARE for support with your consent.