Abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault

Abuse includes domestic violence, rape and sexual assault. Find out where to get help, how you can support a friend and how to recognise the signs of abuse in the articles below.

Help after rape and sexual assault

Sexual assault: what it is, where to go for help, and whether it has to be reported to police.

What should I do after a sexual assault or rape?

What to do immediately after a sexual assault or rape, including helpline numbers.

How can I help someone who has been sexually assaulted or raped?

Advice on how to help someone after a sexual assault or rape, including details of support groups.

Drink spiking and date rape drugs

Information on drink spiking, including safety tips and what to do if you think your drink has been spiked.

Domestic violence and abuse

Anybody can experience domestic abuse, and anyone can be an abuser. Find out how to recognise the signs.

Domestic abuse in pregnancy

Domestic abuse puts a pregnant woman and her unborn child in danger. Find out where to get help.

'My partner abused me'

One woman's story of domestic violence and rebuilding her confidence after leaving the boyfriend who hit, kicked and humiliated her.

Child safety

The vast majority of adults would never harm a child, but it's still important to keep your child safe and be aware of the possible dangers.

Spotting signs of child sexual abuse

Here are the signs to be aware of and what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused.

How to spot child sexual exploitation

Ways to spot if a child has been sexually exploited and what to do.

Is your teenager in an abusive relationship?

Information for parents on signs of violence in teenage relationships, and how to help your child.

Abuse in teenage relationships

Abuse is never OK in relationships, and that includes verbal and emotional abuse. Here's how to find help if it's happening to you.

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

FGM is where a woman's genitals are cut or changed for no medical reason. It's illegal and causes long-lasting damage. Find out more.

Be safe online

Find out the basics of keeping yourself and others safe on the internet.

CSE: what is child sexual exploitation?

Child sexual exploitation is when people use the power they have over young people to sexually abuse them. In this video series experts explain who is most vulnerable, typical behaviour patterns of the abusers and how to spot the signs. You'll also get advice on what you can do if someone you know is at risk or has been a victim of CSE.

Media last reviewed: 01/03/2016

Next review due: 01/03/2018