What is abuse?

Abuse is where harm is caused by another person towards someone, which results in a significant harm to that person. Abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. It can also be often about a lack of love, care and attention; which can be just as damaging to young people as physical abuse.

Types of Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse

This is where someone is forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This not only includes physical contact but can happen online as well.

Online Abuse

Online Abuse

This is any type of abuse that happens on the internet or by phones. A big area where this abuse takes place is through social media or online games.

Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse

This is deliberately hurting someone causing a variety of injuries like bruises, burns, cuts and broken bones. This is actual harm to your body.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse

Is where someone suffers emotional maltreatment or neglect; and it can cause people serious harm.

Grooming

Grooming

Young people can be groomed online or in the real world. This can either be by a stranger, as well as someone they know. This could be for example a family friend or member.

Neglect

Neglect

This is an ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs. It’s dangerous and children can suffer serious and long-term harm.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

Young people witnessing domestic abuse at home can also suffer from domestic abuse in their relationships.

It is not always easy to know if you or someone you know is being abused. The important thing to remember is that no-one has any right to hurt you in any way, or make you do anything that feels wrong to you.

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