Domestic violence (sometimes known as Domestic Abuse) affects children and young people in a number of ways. If you are experiencing Domestic Violence, this will have an impact on you in all aspects of your life.
You can feel the effects emotionally and this can impact on your physical health and your ability to concentrate at school/college. This can happen if you are experiencing Domestic Violence directly, in your own relationship or indirectly, when it is happening to someone around you. It is important to get help and support as soon as you can, speaking to someone you trust such as a School Nurse, GP, teacher, etc, is an important first step.
Teenagers experience the same level of domestic violence as adults, but it is still generally thought of as an adult issue. Domestic violence in teenage relationships can be more hidden for many reasons, including the fact that some teenagers may be more accepting of or dismissive about this form of abuse. Some may not actually conceptualise what is happening to them as being abusive.
Recognise abuse when you see it:
Where you can get more help and support
Freephone 24 hour National Domestic violence helpline 0800 2000 247
Childline 0800 1111