Speak up against abuse!

Abuse is not something that everyone wants to talk about. People often don’t want to speak up if they are being abused. Here’s why:

  • They may not know that they are being abused, especially if they come from a home where violence is considered normal.
  • Some people may confuse the abuse with being punished for a mistake.
  • Some are scared to speak out because the abuser is a friend or a family member, and they are worried about getting that person in trouble.
  • The abuser may be a well-known member of the community, and people may not believe reports of abuse. 

If you are going to report the abuse, tell someone you trust first, and make sure you are not in danger. Your safety comes first.

If you are unsure if you are being abused or you suspect that a friend is being abused, talk to a trusted adult or a friend. Call a helpline or tell a healthcare worker at your local clinic, or a teacher or social worker about what is going on. You can also take a look at our Abuse Alert section for more information.

REMEMBER that abuse is never your fault, and you are not alone in this.

You can get help:

Ask an expert on B-Wise

Childline: 08000 55 555

Life Line: 0861 322 322

GBV helpline: 0800 428 428

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