What is relationship abuse?

Abuse in relationships can happen to anyone. It’s not normal, it’s never OK and definitely not part of a healthy relationship.  It isn’t always physical, it can be emotional and sexual abuse too. If your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it’s possible you’re in an abusive relationship.

If you’re experiencing abuse, or have done in the past, please remember that you’re not to blame and there are people who can help you.

Is there ever an excuse for relationship abuse?

No. There’s never an excuse for relationship abuse. Anger, jealousy, alcohol or wanting to protect the other person – none of these are excuses.