If you are concerned that you or your child are at risk of harm you should contact the police and obtain urgent legal advice by calling 999.
For advice, information and support, contact the Live Fear Free Helpline – a free, 24/7 service that supports everyone, whether you are experiencing abuse yourself, or are concerned about someone you know, the helpline can listen to your concerns and signpost if necessary.
24/7 Call: 0808 80 10 800
24/7 Text: 078600 77 333
Email: [email protected]
Web chat (scroll to the bottom of this page): https://gov.wales/live-fear-free/domestic-abuse-wales
There is a common myth that Children’s Services (social workers) will automatically place children in care if they come from a home where domestic abuse is happening. This is very rare. Children’s Services, social workers and other professionals have national guidance on their duty to take special care to help safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people who may be living in particularly stressful circumstances, which include families where there is domestic abuse and/or sexual violence.
Signs that your teenager may be in an abusive relationship:
Teenage relationships abuse can be hard to spot for both the young person and the parent. Often young people have ‘romantic’ views of love, little experience of relationships and can be under pressure from a young age to be in relationships.
Some indicators might include:
Attitudes and behaviours to look out for –
What you can do to help:
Source: ‘Do you know if your teenager is in an abusive relationship?’ https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/506389/parents-leaflet__1_.pdf