Facebook Pixel

Do you have questions on love, sex and relationships?

Content appropriate for readers 15 and older

They Should Love You but They Hurt You

What Is Domestic Abuse?

There are times when abuse or cruel behaviour happens in families or between boyfriends and girlfriends. This can be confusing because this person is the one who is supposed to care for you or protect you. It may even be happening between your parents and not to you directly. If this is happening in your home or love relationship it is called domestic abuse.

What are the signs? You may be in an abusive relationship if a parent, partner or lover:

In all these cases the abuser aims to control, frighten, intimidate, terrorise, manipulate, humiliate and/or injure you.

Making changes in an abusive relationship is not easy, because you may feel frightened or worn down. Think about what you can do to change the situation – even taking a small step can help. Like telling someone you trust what is happening.

Need help for violence or abuse? Or do you know a teen in trouble? Call the 116 helpline under Lifeline Zambia.

Comment

Log in to comment
Have a tip related to this? Share here