Teenage relationship abuse campaign

Posted: 14/02/2013

Domestic violence

A campaign is being launched today to help to prevent teenagers from becoming victims and perpetrators of abusive relationships.  The campaign encourages teenagers to rethink their views of violence, abuse or controlling behaviour.

If you are aged between 13 and 18 years old, or a parent or carer, you can get help and advice at www.direct.gov.uk/thisisabuse

The campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding that:

  • abuse in relationships is not normal or acceptable – if you are in an abusive relationship it’s not your fault and you do not have to stand for it
  • it's not just physical violence, like punching or kicking, that makes a relationship abusive – if you are threatened with violence, have no say over what you wear or who you see or speak to, or are constantly criticised, it is still abuse
  • abuse is never ok – blaming abuse on anger, jealousy, alcohol or the other person’s behaviour is not acceptable
  • help is available – if you need some support getting out of an abusive relationship or just want to talk to someone, visit www.direct.gov.uk/thisisabuse

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