What is Abuse?

Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse

When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.

 
Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse

This would happen, for instance, when a child is all the time being unfairly blamed for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.

 
Neglect

Neglect

Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations. Neglect may also occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse.

 
Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse

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.

 
Bullying

Bullying

E.g. calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble, See Bullying.

 
Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

When an adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.