What is Abuse

What is Abuse?

Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called ‘Significant Harm’) is defined as Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect or Emotional Abuse.

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Physical Abuse

When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.

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Emotional Abuse

This would happen, for instance, when a child is all the time being unfairly blamed for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.

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Sexual Abuse

An examples of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos .

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Bullying

E.g. calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble (See Bullying)

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Domestic Violence

When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.

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Neglect

Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.

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