Domestic Abuse and young people

Abuse can happen in any relationship, whether you are heterosexual, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender. It is wrong and should not be happening to you. Abusers can use your sexuality as a way of abusing you. There can also be additional experiences for LGBT people.

Abuse in young relationships is far more common than previously thought. It can affect both young girls and boys.and can include physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. The physical abuse can include being punched, black eyes, broken teeth, pushed down stairs or dragged by the hair. The psychological abuse can include, controlling who you see, calling you names, insulting you, intimidating you, making you feel bad about yourself. Sexual abuse can include being raped, forced to perform sexual acts. Sometimes these activities may be filmed on mobile phones and can be used as a way of trying to humiliate and blackmail you. Financial abuse can include, controlling what you spend your money on, taking money from you or forcing you to borrow money from other people. Healthy relationships are not like this and it is not normal. 

 Here are links to useful websites, aimed specifically at young people.

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