Domestic violence and abuse
Are you experiencing domestic violence and/or abuse?
If you are suffering abuse you are probably scared and upset. But there are ways that you can change things and there are many people who can help you.
Firstly it's very important that you remember:
- it is not your fault
- violence and abuse are wrong
- it must stop now
But whether or not you feel scared or embarrassed, you should tell someone or it is unlikely to ever stop.
What can you do?
Tell someone what's going on.
- No-one will judge you.
- Nothing bad is going to happen.
- You may be surprised at the support and help that you find.
Here's who you could talk to:
- a teacher
- an adult you trust
- your Safer Schools Officer
- a Safer Neighbourhoods officer or another police officer
- a social worker if you have one
- a professional - like someone at ChildLine on 0800 1111 - it's free and available 24 hours a day
To report a crime visit the Reporting crime section on the Metropolitan Police website or alternatively find out how to get touch with your local Community Safety Unit on the same site. You can also visit the How to contact us page on this site.