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Domestic abuse

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is when someone in a close relationship with you behaves in a way that causes you physical, mental, or emotional damage. This doesn't have to be physical violence. Domestic abuse includes any incident of threatening behavior. Domestic abuse can be psychological, physical, social, financial or emotional.

Domestic abusers are usually a person's spouse, partner, ex-spouse, ex-partner or other close family member

If someone in your family is violent or is bullying someone else, the most important thing to remember is that it’s not your fault. There are a lot of people who can help you and your family.

However if you are in an Emergency situation, always call 999

Abuse in relationships is not normal or acceptable
If you are in an abusive relationship it’s not your fault, and you do not have to put up with it

Abuse is never okay, and help is available: :

Tope: for young people (13+) experiencing abuse in Suffolk 

Tope is a web-based and phone service for young people (13+) who are or have experienced any form of abuse. The service is open and operated by specialist therapists from 9am to 9pm daily with a web chat facility from 6-9pm Monday to Friday. This is a self referral service and is open to young people who have not yet reported their abuse. 

Web: tope.org.uk
Freephone: 0808 168 1154
Text/WhatsApp: 07375 296229

Call ChildLine

You can call ChildLine at any time on 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor. Calls are free and confidential.

Call 0800 11 11

Relationship abuse

If your girlfriend or boyfriend ever puts you down or makes you feel scared, this could be relationship abuse. 
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