Abuse is anything another person does that is meant to cause harm. This may be by an adult or another child or young person and can be over a period of time or can be a one of occurrence. Abuse can either be physical, sexual or emotional and can happen in person or online.
Domestic abuse is when controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour happens between people in a relationship. It can be really harmful if you see and hear domestic abuse but remember there is help available. Fortalice is an organisation in Bolton that can help you or your family if you have been affected by domestic abuse and violence. You can call Fortalice at any time on 01204 365677.
Abuse of any kind is wrong and you can receive help and support in different ways. If you are being abused, you should tell someone you trust right away. You could tell someone at school, such as a school councillor, school nurse or a teacher. This can be hard because you might have been told to stay quiet, but it is important for you to keep telling someone you trust so that they can help you.
There are also other ways in which you can receive support:
If you are in immediate danger, call 999.
Childline – If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small. Sign up for a free Childline locker (real name or email address not needed) to use their free 1-2-1 counsellor chat and email support service. There is also a 24/7 chatline which you can call for free on 0800 11 11.
The Mix offer support to anyone under 25 about anything that’s troubling them. Email support is available via their online contact form. A free 1-2-1 web chat service is also available as well as a free short-term counselling service. Opening times: 3pm – 12am, seven days a week 0808 808 4994
Childline have produced a page that explains the different types of abuse and how to get help
A space to help children and young people to understand child abuse
Children who’ve faced abuse, neglect and other incredibly difficult experiences speak about how they got support
Young Minds have produced an overview about what abuse is and why you must get help
Childline have produced a video where young people talk about how they could ask an adult for help
Women’s aid have created an animation that describes what domestic abuse is
An exercise designed to support you in understand abuse
Useful websites for young people where you can receive support
A simple safety plan for children and young people