Worried or Scared?

Sometimes you might feel worried or scared in your home because of what an adult is saying or doing. It is normal to feel this way but there are people who can help you. In an emergency, you should always call 999.

Remember that it is also normal to have arguments with your parents or family but you should not be afraid that you or someone you love is getting hurt. If you’re ever worried, it’s important to get support. Being abused or hurt is never okay.

You can read some more information on Childline’s website here. They explain different types of abuse:

  • Physical abuse
    This is when someone does anything to physically injure you on purpose.
  • Emotional abuse
    When someone is always putting you down, shouting at you, ignoring you or making you feel bad about yourself.
  • Sexual abuse
    If someone forces, pressures or tricks you into doing something sexual.
  • Neglect
    This is when you don’t get what you need to survive and feel safe at home, including things like food or having someone take care of you.
  • Domestic abuse
    When someone abuses someone in a relationship. It can affect you if it’s your relationship or between people in your family.

Who Can Help?

Nobody should have to deal with abuse alone. You can speak to someone who will listen to you and help you figure out what to do.

  • You can phone Childline at any time on 0800 1111. If you are unsure about what will happen when you make a phone call you can read more here.

Understanding Domestic Abuse

North Ayrshire Women’s Aid support women and children who experience domestic abuse. If you are unsure what this means you can watch this video: