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. It is a pattern of controlling behaviour which can include:
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:
If you are experiencing domestic abuse at home or in your relationship it is important that you don't suffer in silence.