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I’m in danger…
If you are in immediate danger please phone 999.
I think I’m being abused…
No one deserves to be abused by a person they love or live with. Domestic violence is any threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people who are or have been in a relationship, or between family members. Read more about it here.
Violence in young people’s relationships is always taken seriously. It can be psychological, physical, sexual or emotional. It can include financial control, or exchanging money for sex. If you are forced to change your behaviour because you are frightened of your boyfriend or girlfriend’s reaction, it is likely you are being abused.
Click here to access advice and services to keep yourself safe and find information if the abuse is happening to someone else in your home.
I think I’m being sexually abused…
No-one has the right to sexually abuse you. If you have said yes to something in the past, you do not have to say yes to it again. You can always decide to say no. There are people who can help you if you tell them – click here for services that can help.
Will anyone else know if I contact a service?
As a young person, you are entitled to confidentiality. However, the professional people you talk to might need to speak to someone like a social worker if they are worried about your safety or that of a young person with whom you are involved. They will not do anything without discussing this with you first, so tell them if you have any worries. They must take your worries seriously.
Many of the websites also give an option for hiding their use from the search history, and telephone numbers will not be itemised on bills.
Sexual assault and rape
It’s important to tell someone as soon as possible about a sexual assault so you can get the support you need. Talk to someone who you trust or feel comfortable with, such as a parent, friend, teacher, youth worker, social worker or doctor. You can also speak to someone at one of the organisations below.
Specialist centres in London for people who have been sexually assaulted or raped.
Lines open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in England and is a child protection issue. It involves removal, part removal or injury to the female genital internal or external organs, for non-medical reasons. It is sometimes known as cutting or female circumcision.
If you are afraid that you or a girl that you know is at risk of any form of FGM, talk to someone you trust who will take action to report it immediately. You can also get advice and support from Forward…
Helpline: 0208 960 4000
Lines open Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
‘Honour’-based violence describes an incident or crime ‘which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/ or the community’ (Crown Prosecution Service). ‘Honour’ can be the motivation, excuse or justification behind a range of violence against women and girls, which can include domestic violence or forced marriage.
Freephone helpline: 0808 2000 247
Lines open 24 hours a day.