Domestic Abuse is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. It can include threatening behaviour, violence or abuse - psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional - for those who are or have been in a relationship, or who are members of the same family.
There are a number of organisations out there that can give you advice and support. You can call ChildLine at any time on 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor. Calls are free and confidential.
If you're not sure what abuse in a relationship is, you can find more information and videos about relationships on the 'This Is Abuse' website.
You can often hear about the horrible things people can do to each other on the internet, TV or perhaps even closer to home, discussed in school or college. Some of the awful things that happen to young people happen because people use control and abuse trust in friendship and relationships both on-line or in person.
Making new friends and meeting a whole range of different people is something we all like to do and most people we meet will be genuine but sometimes you can meet people who might try and take advantage of you.
If you know of anyone who is being abused by someone else there are a number of ways that you can help. Call the police on 999 or 101, report the crime anonymously through Crimestoppers or speak to an adult or professional you trust.
The freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. The helpline can give support, advice and information to women experiencing domestic violence and to family, friends colleagues and others calling on their behalf.