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What if I am being hurt by my boyfriend or girlfriend?

If you are in immediate danger - call 999 now.

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

Mary really liked her boyfriend, but he used to hurt her and put her down. Now she realises that she doesn't deserve to be treated like that and deserves to have a boyfriend who really cares about her.

Are you feeling worried about the way your boyfriend or girlfriend is treating you? Are they violent towards you, or do they put you down, call you names and tell you what you can or can't do? Your relationship will be very important to you, but you need to think about how you want to be treated. Do you want to spend time with someone who thinks it's ok to hurt you, call you names and put you down? You have a right to enjoy a relationship that is caring and safe. Unfortunately, lots of young people experience some kind of hurt from their boyfriends or girlfriends. It's possible that some of your friends may have been hurt in this way.

If you are worried about the way you are being treated it's important to talk to someone about it. Perhaps there is an adult you can trust, your friend's parent or a teacher; who you can talk confidentially to about what's happening. If you don't feel there is anyone you can talk to nearby, you could contact Childline on 0800 1111 and talk through your experiences.

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