Are you being abused at home? 

A teenage girl who was being abused

No one has the right to force you to do anything or cause you physical or emotional pain. Abuse is never ok - that's why if you're being abused, you can take action straight away to make it stop.

Your experience of abuse does not define you, or make you a worse person – but it can harm you if you don’t get the help you need. So that’s why the most important thing to do if you’re being abused is to talk to someone about what’s happening to you.

If you, or some you know is facing abuse, then tell your local police at once or dial 999.

Where to go if you are being abused

If you are facing abuse then you are not alone – there are lots of helplines and websites you can go to for support and help.

Speaking up

If you would like to speak to someone face to face about what you’re experiencing you also have plenty of options.

One of the best things to do is find a friend or adult you can trust and tell them what is happening to you. You’ll often find a problem shared is a problem halved, and this person may be able to give you advice about what action you should take.

You can also speak to a professional about what you’re going through. We run services where professionals listen to what you have to say and offer advice and counselling to help you recover from your experiences and look forward to a brighter future.

It can be tough to speak about what you’ve been through, but try to remember that by speaking up you’re not just helping yourself, you’re also potentially helping other people who may be abused by the person who is doing it to you.

If you don’t speak up about what’s happening to you, it’s entirely possible that the abuse you’re experiencing will continue – you may feel scared to tell someone about what’s happening, but if you want the situation to change you can take action, even though it may be hard to do.

By saying something about the abuse you’re experiencing you are showing incredible bravery, and always remember that whether you get in contact with a person, an organisation or an agency, you are not alone.  

Visit our resource vault

Abuse - whether physical, sexual or emotional - can affect the way you feel. You deserve support for anything going through your mind and we want young people to get the advice they need, when they need it. Our resource vault has plenty of advice to help and covers a range of mental and emotional health issues that you may be worried about.

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Listen to the stories of others

It's important to remember that there are other children and young people out there who have been through similar experiences to you. Listen below to the voice of a young person we have worked with who shared their story.