When grown-ups fight, it can be scary and dangerous.
Family violence can be any of these things:
- Arguments that turn into really bad fights
- A grown-up yelling, swearing and saying mean things to each other
- Someone getting pushed, hit or kicked
- A grown-up threatening to hurt or kill someone
- Things around the house getting broken or smashed
- Pets getting hurt
- You or other kids feeling scared or getting hurt
If this happens in your home, you and your family need help. Domestic violence is never OK. You should always feel safe at home.
Things you can do:
Talk to someone you trust about it and ask for help. You could ask :
- Someone else in your whānau
- Your teacher
- A neighbour
- A friend’s mum or dad
- Call us at 0800 What’s Up – we’re always here to help
Remember - It’s not your fault!
In an emergency
It’s really important that you and others don’t get hurt. You should:
- Stay away from the fight – don’t try to stop it.
- Go and get help – find a neighbour or someone else you trust
- Hide in a safe place until help arrives or the fighting stops
- Call 111 and ask for the POLICE