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Emotional & physical abuse (youth & teens)

emotional abuseAbuse is never OK. Everybody deserves to be treated with respect and to be safe. Getting information helps, but it's also important to tell someone you trust who can support you and help you.

There many different types of abuse that fall into under three groups. Physical abuse is when someone hurts your body. Psychological or emotional abuse is when someone hurts your mind. Sexual abuse is if someone makes you do something sexual without your permission, or when you don't want to. An abuser may use one or more of them on you.

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell someone about what is going on, especially if someone close is hurting you. If things aren't right emotionally it can even be hard to know if it's emotional abuse.

Some people you could talk to first might be the people on helplines (like Shine and Youthline), your favourite teacher, your school counsellor or social worker, your family members or caregivers, your best friend's parents, or your doctor or nurse.

Phone and helplines

You may find it easier to talk to someone anonymously first. If that's the case, try one of these helplines for advice and support. They are free from any mobile, landline or pay phone.

In the links below, you'll find more information and advice about how to get help.

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New Zealand links

Overseas links

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2019.


See also:


Relationships in youth & teens

Sexual assault of youth & teens

Page reference: 50760

Review key: HIEPA-50760