Domestic Abuse (also called Domestic Violence) happens when there is threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults or teenagers that are family members or are in a relationship. It can happen between people who are going out together, live together, are married or live separately.
Domestic abuse can happen when a relationship has or is about to end. Although domestic abuse tends to happen between adults, young people can be directly involved or affected by what they see or hear other people do. They may also be hurt or bullied as a result of the abuse between two other adults.
Young people may experience abuse from their own boyfriend or girlfriend. This may include experiencing:
- Constant put downs.
- Constantly checking up on where you are, what you spend money on.
- Controlling behaviour, emotional blackmailing, forcing someone to do things that they do not want to do.
- Stopping someone from seeing their friends or family or going to school or work.
- Hitting, pushing, kicking, pinching.
- Throwing or smashing things.
- Making threats.
- Taking money from you.
Domestic abuse is a repeated pattern of behaviour. It may get worse over time the longer two people are together. Domestic abuse is a form of control. If someone in your family or a boyfriend or girlfriend is abusive, remember that it is not your fault.
Domestic abuse happens quite a lot, and there are people that can help. Everyone has the right to feel safe.
Support can be given in school if you are in a relationship or living in an environment where domestic abuse is present.
You can speak to the safeguarding team, located near G17 / ICT Technicians Workroom, or talk to your PYL or AYL who will inform Safeguarding staff.
If you would like further information on support available regarding Domestic Abuse, the websites below can help;