Domestic violence covers any incidents of violent behaviour in a family or relationship. This includes abuse by one family member to another or between two people in a relationship. Domestic violence can happen in any family and in all kinds of homes. Even if the violence is not aimed at you, you can get hurt too. You might be in the same or next room when the violence is going on and this can be extremely distressing. they may also be violent towards you too.
If you find yourself in this situation, you can call the police. They take crimes like this very seriously and will be able to act quickly. If you don't want to call the police, talk to a friend or a teacher that you can trust about your feelings. You can also find useful information in the websites below:
Family Line is free confidential support.
Childline is a free, 24-hour helpline for young people in distress or danger. Trained staff comfort, advise and protect young people who may feel they have nowhere else to turn. Young people call Childline about a wide range of problems, but the most common problems are abuse (sexual, physical, emotional and neglect), bullying, serious family tensions, worries about friends' welfare and teenage pregnancy.
Think You Know website was constructed by Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), which protects young people from being abused.
Women's Aid is an organisation working to end domestic violence against women and children.
Your Sanctuary is a local charity that provides a range of services which offer emotional and practical support to people and their children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
North Surrey Domestic Abuse is a free and confidential service for anyone affected by domestic abuse.