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  • Police Scotland 101
  • Social Work 0300 300 1199
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Physcial Abuse

What is physical abuse?

Physical abuse is when someone hurts you by hitting, slapping, punching, pinching, kicking, shaking or suffocating you.

Physical abuse can include scalding or burning you, or pulling your hair.

It is also physical abuse if someone makes you swallow something that hurts, or makes you ill by giving you medicine you don’t need.

If something bad happens often enough it can feel like it is just part of normal life. This can make it hard to understand that what is happening is wrong. This can include being brought up in a home where violence happens all the time or being in a situation where abuse has been going on for a long time.

Physical abuse can be carried out by adults (for example, your mum or dad) or by other young people (for example, your brother, sister, boyfriend or girlfriend).

If this is happening to you, it’s not your fault. No one has the right to hurt you.


What should I do if someone is hurting me?

Talk to an adult your trust. You can also call:

Childline on 0800 1111
Police Scotland on 101
Social Work on 0300 300 1199 (and 0800 811 505 after 5pm)
NSPCC Helpline on 0800 800 5000

Call the Police on 999 if you are being physically abused and you feel you are in immediate danger.

It can be hard to speak out about physical abuse and you might be worried about what will happen if you do. But the only important thing is that you are safe and happy and not being hurt.

 

I’m being hurt. Is it my fault?

No it’s not your fault. No one has the right to hurt somebody else.

They may say they’ve got a reason for what they’re doing but there is never any reason for hurting someone else.

The person who is hurting you may tell you that it’s your fault. This is just a way of trying to stop you telling anyone else what’s happening. It isn’t your fault. Everyone has the right to be safe. No one has the right to hurt you. It shouldn’t happen and it can be stopped.

 

What If I’m worried about telling somebody?

You should tell someone if you think someone you know is being abused or neglected. You will be listened to and taken seriously.

You should talk to an adult you trust or you can call:

Childline on 0800 1111
Police Scotland on 101
Social Work on 0300 300 1199 (and 0800 811 505 after 5pm)
NSPCC Helpline on 0800 800 5000

 

Will my parents, or the people who look after me, get into trouble if I tell somebody?

If your parents, or the people who look after you, are physically abusing you, you might be worried about telling somebody. But it’s their responsibility to keep you safe. They shouldn’t be hurting you. If they are hurting you then it’s important that you tell someone about it right away. There is no excuse for physically abusing a child or young person.

Who to Call

If you are unhappy or worried about something speak to your teacher or an adult that you trust.

  • ChildLine0800 1111
  • Police Scotland101
  • Social Work0300 300 1199
  • Social Work (Out Of Hours)0300 343 1505
  • NSPCC Helpline0800 800 5000