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.

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