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What if it's happening at home, to a parent or family member?

If you are in immediate danger - call 999 now.

If you would like to talk to someone, call Childline on 0800 1111.

I thought that it was all my fault: that the shouting and fighting was because of me. I would have done anything to make it stop.

Your parents and other family members should always look after and care about you, never hurt you and never hurt each other.

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 an adult who you trust.

This could be an uncle or aunt, a teacher, or one of your friends' parents. If you can't talk to anyone you know there are lots of organisations that can help.

No matter how hard it is to see someone in your family being hurt, its important that you don't try and stop the violence and hurt yourself. It's much safer for you to try and find out what help is available.

Anna's Story:

"I would often hear mum and dad shouting at each other. One Sunday it was really bad; I could hear things being smashed downstairs. I heard my Dad go out so I went downstairs. Mum was in the kitchen making the roast dinner but I could see she was really upset and she had red marks on her arms. When dad got home we all sat down and had our dinner as if nothing had happened. It happened like this a few times."

"I began to get really worried. I thought my mum might get really hurt. I was so angry with my dad, but I didn't know what to do. I wasn't sure if it was any of my business really. In the end I was so worried I got upset at school and I decided to talk to a teacher. She was really great; she believed me, and I wish I had spoken with her sooner. She gave me loads of telephone numbers for me and my Mum, and I can talk to the teacher whenever I want to. Mum and Dad still argue sometimes but Mum has still got the phone numbers, and I think she might use them soon."


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