What is abuse?
Abuse is anything another person does that's meant to cause harm. But it's not always easy to know what's abuse or what to do about it.
There are many types of abuse from physical, emotional, sexual, neglect or domestic. Abuse is always wrong and must be stopped. It is important to take the first step and seek help. If you are in immediate danger call 999.
You can find out more about the types of abuse and where you can access help on the YoungMinds Website.
Domestic violence and abuse
If you are experiencing domestic violence or know of someone that may be experiencing abuse that may need help or support then you can contact the following
Help after rape or sexual assault
Please see the NHS website for further information.
- In an emergency call 999
- You can contact the non-emergency police number 101
- Or call NHS 111 for further advice
For specialist medical attention and sexual violence support, you would need to be seen at a sexual assault referral centre (SARC). You can find your nearest one here.
Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, or are worried that you may be going through abuse, their trained counsellors are there to support you.
Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to them:
- by calling 0800 1111
- by email
- through a 121 Webchat
If you are worried about a child, don't wait until you are certain. If you have any concerns or suspicions, contact the NSPCC free helpline service to speak to an NSPCC counsellor 24/7 or report your concern online here.
If you think a child is in immediate danger don't delay – call the police on 999.
Modern Slavery Helpline
If you think you are a victim of modern slavery/human trafficking contact the modern slavery helpline. They can help you to understand what is available including information, advice and, ways to access government-funded support. The Modern Slavery Helpline is confidential, but, if you don't want to give your name, that is fine. Find out more here.
Call free 24/7 on 08000 121 700 to get help, report a suspicion or seek advice.
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
FGM is abuse and illegal under the UK law. All girls and women have the right to a life free from pain, period problems and difficulties with childbirth that are caused by female genital mutilation.
Female genital mutilation, female circumcision or ‘cutting’ may cause serious health and emotional consequences that last a lifetime. You can stop it. For advice, support or to report it, call the free 24-hour anonymous FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550. Find out more about it here.
Protecting young people from sexual
It is important that young people are kept safe from sexual exploitation. Child sexual exploitation doesn't always involve physical contact and can happen online. It can be stopped and it is everyone's responsibility to report any concerns.
Child sexual exploitation is a hidden crime and can be difficult to identify. Young people often trust their abuser and don't understand that they're being abused. They may depend on their abuser or be too scared to tell anyone what's happening. You can find out more about here.
If you are worried about a child then contact the NSPCC trained helpline counsellors for 24/7 help, advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the NSPCC video sharing the story of a young person who has been groomed and sexually exploited.