What is abuse?

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Domestic abuse happens when one person hurts or bullies another person who is or was their partner. It can happen between people who are going out together, living together, have children together or are married to each other. It can happen either when people live together or separately.

Domestic abuse can also happen after a relationship has finished. Usually (but not always) it is the man who hurts the woman. Although domestic abuse happens mostly between adults, children can be affected by the abuse that they see and hear and they can be hurt or bullied as part of domestic abuse between adults.

scared-smallDomestic abuse at home can be when you hear lots of shouting at home, you feel sad and scared, mum having bruises on her body, you feel nervous when you walk into the house, you feel you can’t tell anyone and worry about what is happening at home when you’re at school.

Grown-ups use domestic abuse to control other people. If someone in your family is abusive, remember it’s not your fault.

happy-smallIf this is happening in your family, remember that you are not alone. Domestic abuse happens in many families and there are people that can help you and your family. Everyone has the right to be safe not scared.

What can I do?

helpRemember, domestic abuse isn’t your fault. You’re not to blame. Check out what you can do to help your situation.