If it is an emergency
If someone is in immediate danger and their life is threatened, they should dial the Police on 999; if you are unable to talk, once connected to 999 press 55 and the police will attend. If it is not an emergency but you need help from the police, please call 101.
What is domestic abuse?
Everyone has arguments, but this becomes domestic abuse when one-person tries to control another, by hurting or bullying them. Abusive behaviour can consist of any of the following:
- Physical abuse / hurting others on the outside e.g. hitting
- Emotional abuse / hurting others on the inside e.g. shouting or name calling
- Being forced to see or do things you don't want to do
- Scary or threatening behaviour e.g. throwing things or threats to hurt you or someone else
- Being controlled and watched, or being stopped from getting help
- Financial abuse e.g. not allowing you to have, or taking away money, clothing, food or other resources
It does not matter is this behaviour happens once or lots of times, you can still ask for help.
Domestic abuse doesn’t just happen to adults. It can happen in young people’s relationships too.
Talk to somebody
You have a right to be safe and protected from being hurt.
If someone is hurting you, or someone at home, or if you are frightened about being hurt, tell someone you know and feel safe talking to.
To stop you getting involved and hurt yourself it is much safer for you to tell a trusted adult.
You can try talking to:
- your teacher
- your doctor
- one of your friend's parents
- any adult you trust
If you feel that you have no one to talk to about you can call a helpline for advice and support about domestic abuse.
These offer free advice and will let you know what help is available:
- Childline on 0800 1111
- Children's Social Care 0121 569 3100
- You can text or call Sandwell Women's Aid Young Person phone/textline on 07581 492806
If you would like to just talk to someone without giving your details you can call Childline on 0800 1111.
Understanding domestic abuse
The Hideout is a space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.