No matter what the reason, physical abuse is always wrong
Being abused is not your fault
You must remember that getting help can keep you safe even when you feel like telling someone could make it worse
Physical abuse includes a number of different things including; hitting, smacking, slapping, punching, kicking, pinching, scratching, biting, scalding or burning you, hair pulling, spitting or throwing things at you and making you swallow something that hurts or makes you feel ill, including giving you medicine when you’re not ill or don’t need it.
If you can’t talk about the things that are happening to you try and write them down in a letter, give the letter to someone you trust that can help you
It’s possible to still like or love the person who’s abusing you, even though you don’t like what they’re doing. Especially if the person is your mum or dad. The abuse might also only happen at certain times, such as when they’ve been drinking, but physical abuse is always wrong.
If you’re worried about a family member or friend being physically abused, it can really help to let them know you’re there to help them. Even just listening to what’s going on for them can make a big difference.
If you are being abused and in immediate danger, you can call the police on 999 and they will come to help you.