Physical abuse can leave you feeling:
- Anxious and fearful;
- Lonely and isolated;
- Depressed and sad;
- Worthless with low self-esteem;
- Like you want to self-harm;
- Like you want to run away; and
- Unable to concentrate at school, eat or sleep properly.
Who could physically abuse me?
Physical abuse can be carried out by adults including your mum and dad as well as by other young people such as sisters, brothers, boyfriends or girlfriends.
Bullying is also a form of physical abuse when it involves hitting, kicking or physically hurting somebody.
How common is physical abuse?
Worryingly, lots of children and young people experience abuse. In the last year almost 30,000 young people contacted ChildLine about physical abuse (April 2011 – March 2012). However, there are people out there who care and can help put a stop to it.
For more information on physical abuse click here http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/AbuseSafety/Pages/Physical.aspx
(Not for reporting child protection concerns)
Moray Child Protection Committee
The Moray Council, Education and Social Care,
High Street, Elgin