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Children and young people

Living in a home where an adult is being threatening, abusive, violent, or a bully towards another grown-up can be scary and confusing. It is often referred to as domestic abuse or domestic violence. It can affect any family, and it is never your fault, or the fault of the person being harmed.

If you or someone else is in danger, you should call 999.

If you are scared or worried about your, or someone else’s safety, you can ask someone for help. It might be helpful to think of some safe adults in your life who you could talk to, maybe teachers, parents of friends, or other people in your family who you don’t live with. There are also some services you can contact if you can’t think of anyone or aren’t ready to tell someone you know.

If you want to know a bit more about domestic abuse, and what you can do to stay safe at home, Childline has a really helpful webpage here.


Where to get help


Free 24-hour phone helpline for children and young people in the UK, offering comfort, support, advice and protection. Calls are confidential and free from mobiles. They also don’t show up on phone bills.

Phone: 0800 1111

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Freephone 24-hour helpline providing support, information and listening to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. It also helps people find a safe place to go to if needed.

Phone: 0808 2000 247

The Hideout

Women’s Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you.


Young Minds

Young Minds aims to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and to empower their parents and carers.


SAFE! Project

The SAFE! Project supports young people who have been affected by crime, helping them to recover their confidence and sense of safety.

Phone: 0800 133 7938

Muslim Women’s Helpline

Providing Muslim girls and women with a free, confidential listening service plus practical help and information where required.

Phone: 0800 999 5786


If you are concerned about a child or young person’s safety, or need help or advice, ring the NSPCC helpline or visit their website here.

Phone: 0808 800 5000

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