Home should be a place where you feel safe and cared for. These are some signs that you, or a friend that you’re worried about, may be being neglected.
- They may seem like they haven’t washed, or that their clothes haven’t been washed
- They are hungry, or rarely seem to have food of their own
- They have no money or money for packed lunch
- They don’t turn up to school, or are often late
- They are sent to school when they are unwell
- Their parents or carers don’t seem to know where they are or what they are doing
This isn’t a complete list and all of the factors don’t need to apply. If you are worried about someone, talk to an adult you trust. It’s important though to realise the difference between things we need and things we just want. Here’s a video that explains the difference
It is important that the relationships we form are healthy relationships. Domestic abuse isn’t just something that affects adults; it can start earlier than that. Domestic abuse can include
- Physical violence like punching, hitting and pushing
- Threats. Threats of violence against you, members of your family or a pet
- Making you do something sexually that you don’t want to do
- Controlling behaviour. Controlling what you do, where you go, what you wear, who you speak to
If you, or someone you know, is being abused it’s important to get help. Police Scotland is committed to tackling domestic abuse. You can report it using the usual telephone numbers (999 in an emergency, 101 otherwise) or you can use this online form.
The Hideout: What's Abuse?
Click on this link to learn more about Domestic Abuse. This will help you understand more about what this means and get advice if this is happening to you or someone you know.
Honour Based Abuse
Childline: Forced Marriage
Because forced marriage is illegal, it can happen in secret and can also be planned by parents, family or religious leaders. It may involve physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse. On this page, you'll find information about what to do if you're being forced into marriage, your rights, and what the difference is to an arranged marriage.