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Young people

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. It can happen between people who are in a relationship but it can also happen when a relationship has ended. It can happen between family members.

Although domestic abuse happens mostly between adults, children and young people can be affected by the abuse that they see and hear, and they can be harmed as part of domestic abuse between adults. Young people may also experience abuse from their own boy/girlfriend.

Domestic abuse can be:


  • constantly checking where someone is
  • preventing someone from seeing their friends or family
  • constantly putting a person down
  • using the children to bully
  • Shouting and intimidating behaviour
  • Stalking and harassment


  • punching, kicking, slapping, pushing,
  • strangling or smothering someone
  • threatening to hurt someone
  • not allowing someone to take medication or giving them too much


  • making a person do sexual things that they do not want to do
  • rape


  • not allowing someone to have any money
  • deliberately getting someone into debt
  • making someone give up their job or stopping them from getting a job

Domestic abuse is a repeated pattern of behaviour that is often very controlling.


A recent NSPCC survey showed that 25% of girls and 18% of boys have experienced physical violence in a relationship.

As with adults, abuse in teen relationships doesn’t just cover physical violence. Other examples of this type of abuse include:

  • Pressuring you into having sex
  • Controlling behaviour including what friends you can see or speak to and where you go
  • Jealousy or anger
  • Threatening to put lies, personal information, pictures on social networking sites
  • Constant name calling and comments

Remember that abuse in a relationship is never okay. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect from their partner.

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Source: Disrespect NoBody Campaign/Home Office

Source: Disrespect NoBody Campaign/Home Office

Source: Disrespect NoBody Campaign/Home Office

For more information on any of these issues you can go to the Disrespect NoBody website.

The Next Video is a Comic Relief and YouTube music video to raise awareness of Domestic abuse, it is hard hitting and if you are affected by this please contact the number on the screen at the end of the video.

Source: Comic Relief/YouTube

If you want more information and or support for any of the issues above, contact any of the below websites or the local support services:


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Lincolnshire’s [online counselling website] if you need to talk to someone online visit this website, they are here to help you with any issue you may have, big or small.

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The Hideout, is a website which provides advice, support and information for young people affected by Domestic Abuse. Follow this link to visit their website.


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Last updated: 28 February 2017

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