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Types of Abuse

There are a different types of abuse that you should be aware of. It is important to remember that abuse is not always intentional, and incidents such as neglect may occur because of a lack of knowledge or understanding.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

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  • When someone is rude to you
  • When someone shouts or swears at you
  • When someone treats you differently because of your race, gender, age or disability

Physical Abuse

  • When someone hurts your body
  • They may kick, punch or hit you
  • They may treat you roughly

Emotional Abuse

  • When someone tries to upset or scare you
  • When someone makes you feel bad
  • They may shout, swear or call you names

Financial Abuse

  • When someone takes your money
  • They may take your things when you don’t want them to
  • They may try to trick you into spending money


  • When someone doesn’t look after you properly
  • They may put you in danger
  • They may not give you food or medicine
  • They may not help you to keep yourself clean

Sexual Abuse

  • When someone touches your body when you don’t want them to
  • When someone tries to make you touch them when you don’t want to
  • They may try to make you do or watch things you don’t like
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