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An adult hurt me: What is physical abuse

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What is physical abuse?

It’s when an adult hurts or causes pain to any part of your body on purpose. It may leave marks, bruises or cause a serious injury.

Types of physical abuse - hitting, kicking, pushing or throwing things

What it might look like

It might be hitting you hard with a hand or an object like a belt. It can also be kicking, pushing, choking, burning or throwing things at you.

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It may make you feel…

Scared, sick in the tummy, shaky, worried or feel like curling up in a ball. This is your body telling you that it doesn’t feel safe.

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Physical abuse is NOT ok

All kids have a right to feel safe at home. It’s NEVER ok for someone to physically hurt you.

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It’s NOT your fault

There is nothing you can say or do that makes it OK for someone to hurt you. Abuse can happen to anyone and is always wrong.

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Things you can do

Say “Stop” or “No” if you can and it feels safe to do. Find a safe place away from the person as soon as you can.

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Find someone to talk to

Find somebody you can trust and feel safe with. It might be an older relative or friend, a Kids Helpline counsellor or a school teacher.

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You are not alone

We are here to listen and to help. Give us a call, send an email or start a WebChat.

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This content was last reviewed 19/07/2018