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What is abuse?

Domestic abuse is when one grown-up threatens, hurts or bullies another grown-up. Domestic abuse can happen between parents, married couples, girlfriends and boyfriends, or after a couple has split up. It can happen when people live together or when they live in different houses.

Domestic abuse is where one person often bullies or frightens the other person so that they don’t feel they can say or do what they want to.

Grown-ups use domestic abuse to control other people.

Usually (but not always) it is a man who abuses a woman. Seeing or hearing one parent treat the other badly can really affect you.

Sometimes, children can also be hurt or bullied as part of domestic abuse, but remember abuse is never YOUR fault.

Domestic abuse can include

Physical Abuse: hitting, punching, kicking, throwing things

Emotional Abuse: saying things to threaten or frighten someone or to make them feel bad, checking up where someone is all the time

Verbal Abuse: calling someone unpleasant names, shouting at them or yelling all the time

Isolation: stopping someone seeing their family or friends.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone.

If you think this is happening in your family, remember that you are not alone and there are people who can help you and your family.