I’m just a kid, what can I do?
Nobody, whatever their age, should be a victim of domestic abuse. There are too many children and young people trapped in frightening situations that they feel they can't escape from.
For young people especially it may not be happening at home – it could be your boyfriend or girlfriend who is abusing you. But if you are in this situation, it's important to remember that no matter who is being violent and abusive, its not your fault. You can change what is happening and live a different life if you want to - you just need to take the first step and talk to someone.
There are four types of abuse:
- Neglect is the most common form of abuse and is when your basic needs like food, clothing and warmth are not met properly.
- Physical abuse is when someone physically hurts you - such as slapping, biting, kicking and punching.
- Emotional abuse can be a lack of attention and love, or too much spiteful and cruel attention.
- Sexual abuse is when someone treats you in a sexual way when you don't want them to.
If you think you are being abused you must tell someone. There are people you can talk to in confidence and they will help you. You can talk to a teacher, your School will have a child protection co-ordinator, a student advisor/counsellor, an adult you trust or your doctor.
Children's Services Duty Team
01724 296500 - 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30pm Friday
01724 296555 - out of hours and weekends - answerphone
101 - Police non emergency
999 - Police emergency
You can call Childline on 0800 1111 or get further information from the Childline website, or you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. You can also visit The Hideout, an award winning Women's Aid children's website.
Remember you are not alone, you just have to be brave enough to take the first step and talk to someone.
Need someone to talk to? The Youth Information and Counselling Unit is here to help. Y.I.C.U. is free, confidential and for young people up to the age of 25. Telephone them on 01724 281824.