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Relationship abuse

If you are in immediate danger or know another child who is then please call 999

What it is

Most relationships are healthy and safe, and our parents or carers, extended family, boyfriends, girlfriends and friends want the best for us and treat us well. However sometimes this isn't the case.

Relationship abuse

Relationship (domestic) abuse is when someone hurts, threatens or makes you feel scared or uncomfortable. It isn't just physical violence but any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship and includes emotional, physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse.

Abuse is not normal and never ok regardless of how old you are. If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. There are different forms of abuse and for more information and to find out where to get help visit Disrespect Nobody.

Remember it's not your fault and it is important to talk about it with someone you trust.

Has anyone given you money, drugs, alcohol or gifts and somewhere to stay and then forced you to:

  • Have sex with them?
  • Do something sexual to them?
  • Be touched inappropriately, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable?
  • Look at sexual images?
  • Watch them do something sexual?

What to do

Visit the child sexual exploitation page for more information. 


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