Abusers can be adults but not just parents or carers. It might be a teacher, a family friend or a youth leader.
It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention. We call this neglect.
If you are being physically hurt by someone (like being beaten, punched, kicked, slapped, hair pulled, scalded with hot water, hit with objects or punished in other ways that cause physical harm), and it wasn’t an accident you are being abused.
It can also include making you swallow something that hurts or makes you feel ill, including giving you medicine when you're not ill or don't need it.
Childline have 5 things for you to remember:
Talking about abuse is difficult. But it helps. Telling someone what’s going on means you don’t have to deal with it on your own. Most importantly, telling someone can help stop the physical abuse. It also means you can start to live a life that’s happier and safer.
Childline has a 24/7 helpline call free on 0800 1111 or log in for a chat with a counsellor or visit their website for further information and support.
Your school teachers and support staff in your school have been trained as well to help with these issues and know where you can get help.
If someone always puts you down, shouts at you, ignores you, or makes you feel bad about yourself, it's emotional abuse.
Emotional abuse includes when someone:
Childline has 3 things for you to remember:
Neglect is when a child or young person is not getting the things they need, for example
Neglect often happens when children are left to care for themselves or care for others such as brothers and sisters all the time.
Childline says every young person needs the following: