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Violence at home

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Domestic violence is violent behaviour of any kind in a family or a relationship. This includes one family member abusing another or violence between a couple in a relationship.


As a young person, you may have seen domestic violence, or been a victim of it yourself.


How it may affect you

If you are experiencing or witnessing violence at home, you may find that you are having the following issues:


  • Emotional problems
    Crying, feeling worried, sadness, confusion, anger  depression, nightmares.
  • Physical problems
    Bed-wetting, nervous ticks, headaches or stomach aches, nausea or vomiting eating disorders and insomnia.
  • Behavioural problems
    Aggression, becoming troublesome at home or having issues at school, withdrawing into or isolating yourself.


Whatever you may be experiencing, it's important to know that domestic violence is not your fault and that you have the right to feel safe at home.


Advice & support

Below is a list of organisations that can provide support on advice on the issues that may affect you. click on the headings to find out more.



Childline provide free help and advice about a wide range of issues. Talk to a counsellor online, send an email or post on the message boards. 

The Hideout

Provides information and support for young people on domestic violence and the issues that may affect you.


National Stalking Helpline 

Stalking is a term commonly used to refer to unwanted and obsessive attention by an individual or group to another person. The National Stalking Helpline provides guidance and information to anybody who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking.


Refuge - Housing

Refuge is a national charity that provides emergency accommodation and support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Some of the refuges are for women of specific cultural backgrounds.



Rape crisis can provide long term counselling, support and independent advocacy for all women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence both recently and/or in the past.  Rapecrisis can be community based, and independent of government and the criminal justice system.


Help for perpetrators (those comitting the violence)

'Respect' runs a helpline offering information and advice to people who are abusive to their partners and want help to stop.