Child abuse

Childhood abuse can take different forms, including neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

One in four adults, both male and female, will have experienced abuse as a child, and it’s important to remember that abuse is never the child’s fault.

Abusive behaviour is never caused by the child or their actions, and it is important to remember that abusers use manipulation to get what they want and to harm their victims.

As an adult, the impact of historic abuse affects everyone differently. Not everyone will experience emotional or mental health difficulties but it is estimated approximately 50 per cent of child abuse victims may have the following symptoms in adulthood:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • Self-harm and/or suicidal thoughts

Survivors may also be left with feelings of guilt as a result of the abuse, and may subsequently engage in risky behaviours such as alcohol abuse, substance misuse or criminal activity.

What help is available?

We provide emotional support, guidance and practical help.

Our specially trained staff and volunteers will be able to talk with you in confidence, and help you access the right support for you.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t want to report the crime to the police but if you would like to we can help with that too, if and when you are ready to do so.

Whether the abuse occurred recently or years ago, we are here – to talk, to listen, for advice, for help.

All of our services are free and confidential. Please get in touch.