This information is for young people who are concerned about domestic abuse. It may be something that is happening in your life, or to someone that you know and care about. Or maybe it is something you want to understand better.
Domestic abuse can affect anyone. Many young people grow up seeing a parent being hurt or living in fear and may be victims themselves. It doesn’t just happen at home. Domestic abuse also includes abuse by other relatives, boyfriends, girlfriends or ex-partners. If it is happening in your life, it probably means you are living with a lot of stress, fear, anger, sadness or guilt. Please remember the abuse is not your fault and you are not responsible for making the abuse stop.
You should not have to experience or witness domestic abuse. Talk to someone you trust about the abuse to let them know what is happening and to help you get help and support for you and your family.
For detailed information on how to help you to understand more about what domestic abuse is, the signs, tips to keep you safe and how to get help and support follow this link https://www.barnardos.ie/resources/young-people/domestic-abuse
Helplines for under 18
In an emergency – dial 999 or 112
Childline freephone – 1800666666, Free Text 50101 or chat online at www.childline.ie
Teenline freephone – 1800833634
CARI – 1890 924567 – 9:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday. www.cari.ie/