Abuse comes in various ugly forms
DOMESTIC violence is when family members or people in a relationship repeatedly treat each other badly. The abuse can be physical such as hitting, or emotional such as name-calling. Both are hurtful.
There are various types of domestic violence, so the term “domestic abuse” is sometimes used instead of domestic violence.
Often no one else knows it is going to happen or that it is happening. It is kept a secret.
Domestic violence can take place between adults, such as a mother or father, or between younger people, such as brothers and sisters. It might also involve an adult or an elder brother or sister. Violence towards children is called child abuse. Domestic violence tends to happen mostly between men and women.
Abuse causes all kinds of feelings in the victim, such as sadness, fear and anger. It is important for people to get help if they are abused. Nobody should have to accept being abused.