What is Abuse?
When an adult deliberately hurts a child. It can include hitting, shaking, throwing or suffocating.
This would happen when a child is being unfairly blamed for everything all the time, regularly being told they are stupid or if they see violence or abuse between their parents or carers.
Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.
An example of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.
Includes calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble.
When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another member of the family e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.
Getting help to overcome abuse