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 (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.
Remember it’s not your fault and it is important to talk about it with someone you trust. If you’re experiencing abuse, or have done in the past, please remember that you’re not to blame and there are people who can help you. How do you feel when you’re at home with your family? Are there any warning signs to show that things aren’t quite right?
If you are aged 13 and above and think you might be in a relationship where there is domestic abuse contact the Early Intervention Project for support on: 023 92688472
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?
Go to our page on Child Sexual Exploitation to find out more. There is also