Did You Know

1 in 14 children have been physically abused

Abusive Relationships can affect people of any age. It can happen in any type of relationship to all kinds of couples. Whether these are male/female relationships or same sex relationships.
The abuse can occur in all sorts of different ways and is often used as a way to control a person.
  • Violent abuse can be one factor of an abusive relationship. Experiencing physical harm from a partner that kicks, hits, punches, throws or even just threatens to do these things. These acts of violence are considered as assault.
  • Sexual abuse is another factor that could contribute to an abusive relationship. This can include being pressured, teased or forced into performing sexual activity that you do not want to do. These are acts of sexual assault and/or rape.
  • Emotional abuse can be another factor of an abusive relationship. This can happen when partners put you down, threaten you and control you to act or behave in a certain way. This type of behaviour can be very manipulative and can be classed as harassment.
  • Financial abuse is another factor of an abusive relationship. Asking someone for money, taking money or not giving money to a partner to be controlling are just some of the signs. Not allowing a partner to work to make their own money can also be a form of control. This type of behaviour again is very manipulative and can be classed as harassment.

If a young person is experiencing any form of this abuse then there are many organisations that can provide the right help and support. We have put up links to these on the right hand side of the page.

Rape is the act of having sex with someone who hasn’t agreed to it or given consent. If the person is drunk or asleep this is not an excuse and the law applies to every person over the age of 10. If you rape someone, the average sentence you could expect to get is 7 years in prison but the maximum sentence of life can be given depending on the circumstances.
  • Statutory rape is when you’re over 16 but the person who’s agreed to have sex with you is under 16. If it’s a girl and she’s under the age of 13 then it’s even more serious. The maximum sentence for statutory rape is life in prison.
  • Date rape (aka acquaintance rape) is when someone is deceived into taking a drug or excess alcohol so they become easier to mislead and sexually abuse. In the UK this is the most frequently reported form of rape and the maximum sentence offenders can expect is life in prison.
Female Genital Mutliation (FGM) also known as female cutting or female circumcision is a cultural practice which involves the removal of some or all of a female’s vagina. FGM is illegal in the UK. The FGM Protection Order offers the means of protecting actual or potential victims from FGM under civil law. Breach of an FGM Protection Order is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to five years in prison.  If you are worried that a child you know may be at risk of FGM you can ring the NSPCC FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550.  It’s free, anonymous and available 24/7.

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