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What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse is when a person hurts, bullies or takes away the choices of someone they have a close relationship with. They might be dating, living together, married or have children together. In all relationships there can be difficult times.
People can argue, disagree and say or do things that can be hurtful. What’s different about domestic abuse is that it causes one person to be scared of the other.

How does it affect children and young people?

People often think that domestic abuse doesn’t affect children and young people. Adults sometimes think that they can hide what’s going on. But children and young people often hear or see what’s happening. They might hear shouting and hitting, or see their mum upset or injured. Often they are nearby when it’s happening. Some children and young people are also hurt by the abuser. 

The important thing to remember is that you're not alone - it happens to a lot of other children and their families but you're not to blame for what's going on.



You are an important person and you

have the right to be safe.


Getting help:


Our children’s workers work with children and young people in a variety of ways depending on the age and needs of the individual to help them understand they are not to blame for the abuse and provide them with the opportunity to talk and express their feelings and emotions. 


Important Numbers:

You can speak to any of these organisations about what is going on and get more information. They are all confidential and you don’t have to give them your name.
  • West Lothian Women’s Aid: 01506 413721 or email our children's worker:
  • Childline: 0800 1111 (any time)
  • Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234 (any time)
  • The Hideout: a website purely for children and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse.
0800 numbers are free from all landlines and most mobiles.