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Useful websites

NSPCC
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) operates a helpline offering confidential advice to people worried about possible child abuse cases. The helpline number is 0808 800 5000 and is open 24 hours a day.


Respect not Fear
It is important to feel safe in life and in your relationship. The following pages will help you stay safe with some practical advice and tips.

ChildLine
If you're a victim of domestic abuse and you're worried about what will happen if you report it to the police, you should call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

This is abuse
If you're experiencing abuse in a relationship you can find help here.

Refuge
Refuge's network of safe houses provide emergency accommodation for women and children when they are most in need.

The Hideout
The Hideout is the first national website to support children and young people living with domestic violence and those who want to help a friend.

Advice and Information
Northumbria Police is committed to protecting the lives of both adult and child victims of domestic abuse.

Advice for victims of crime
If you have been a victim of any crime or been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, help is available.

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Teen abuse


I have the right against abuse in teenage relationships

This film is called 'I have the right against abuse in teenage relationships' and was produced by a group of pupils from Farringdon Community Sports College in Sunderland.

It shows that abuse is more than just physical and can include emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and psychological abuse.

It highlights the different warning signs to look out for and where to get help and support.

You can help by sharing this film with your friends. Tell your teachers about it - the film comes with a teaching resource pack which can be downloaded from My Resources



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What is abuse?

Abuse in a relationship can happen to anyone.

It's never ok.

It can destroy your self-confidence, have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing and leave you feeling isolated and lonely.

Abuse doesn't have to be physical and violent.

It can also be mental abuse - this means that you are threatened and your partner degrades you by putting you down.

Other examples include being forced into situations you don't want to be in, feeling pressurised into spending time with your partner when you 'd rather be doing something else, or made to feel guilty about having your own friends and interests.

It can be very difficult to talk about your feelings and what's happening in your life.

Some problems won't go away even if you try to sort them out.

Sometimes people try and ignore the problems but this can just make things worse.

So if you have been affected by an abusive relationship and need advice or just want to talk to someone, please visit one of the websites listed or call one of the numbers.

You can get further help and information or just have your say.

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Are you in an abusive relationship?

There are many situations which might make you wonder if you’re in an abusive relationship.

Do you keep your opinions to yourself or change your behaviour to avoid getting into conflict with your boyfriend or girlfriend?

Does your partner act jealously or possessively when you talk to someone of the opposite sex or do you feel they control what you wear?

Does your partner text you obsessively, try to stop you seeing your friends or family or blame you for things they have done?

If any of these situations apply to you then you may be in an abusive relationship.

Mental abuse can also lead to physical violence.


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Spotting signs of abuse

You can help your friends by looking for signs that they are in an abusive relationship.

They might have become withdrawn and are irritable when you ask how they are.

They could try to hide bruises or make excuses for their boyfriend or girlfriend.

Find the right moment to talk to them and give them the support they need.

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Parents spotting signs of abuse

Parents should also look for signs of abuse in their teenager.

Grades at school might be dropping; your child could be acting more depressed or wearing the same clothes every day.

You should find the right time to talk to your child and remember they could be feeling embarrassed or ashamed to let you know what is happening in their relationship or be afraid of their partner.

Always remember - make it clear to them that it’s not their fault and they shouldn’t put up with controlling or abusive behaviour.

Don’t suffer in silence – helplines

If you think you’re in an abusive relationship, don’t suffer in silence.

Talk to your parents, friends, teachers or any adult who can get you the help you need.

There are agencies which can help you, even if you just want more advice.

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