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Answering your questions

Young people's questions

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse can be witnessing one person mistreating another, being cruel, violent, threatening, controlling and/or insulting, or experiencing this mistreatment yourself. This can occur within the home or within your own relationships, for example in your dating relationships.

How do I know if I’m experiencing domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can be witnessing one person mistreating another, being cruel, violent, threatening, controlling and/or insulting, or experiencing this mistreatment yourself. This can occur within the home or within your own relationships, for example in your dating relationships.

Some young people tell us they are being forced in to doing things they do not want to do. This can be with boyfriends, girlfriends, friends or people you know.

This might include:

  • Controlling which friends you can see
  • Calling you names
  • Sexual abuse can include being raped or forced to perform sexual acts
  • Sometimes this can be filmed and used to embarrass and control you
  • Taking money from you or using you to get money
  • Forcing you into behaviours like using drugs, alcohol, stealing, bullying, vandalising, using weapons.

If you’re not sure if what you’re experiencing is domestic abuse, you can contact GEWA to talk about your situation.

Who do you help?

We help all ages up to 18 years old, and women over the age of 18.

What support can I get at GEWA?

One to one support

You will be given your own Keyworker who you can see as regularly as you need to and who you can get to know. Over time meeting your worker, you will build trust and be encouraged to share any problems you may have. We have young people’s rooms at our office where your support can take place or if you prefer, we can arrange to see you in school and use a room there.

Groupwork

For those who want to, there are groups running that include information about domestic abuse and relationships. And remember the other young people are in the same boat as you.

All the support you get from GEWA is confidential.

GEWA young people's room

The GEWA young people’s room is a safe place where you can play computer games, watch DVDs or chat to the GEWA workers.

GEWA young people's room

 

How do we contact you?

You can phone, text, email, or just come in and see us.

Phone: 0141 781 0230

Text: 07989 149 751

Email: collective@gewa.org.uk

You can also contact us online.

Can abuse happen in same sex relationships?

Yes, it can happen whether you are in a same sex (lesbian, gay or bisexual) relationship, or if you are transgender. This may also be used to abuse you.

GEWA can help you whether you are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or just questioning your sexual or gender identity.

What does confidential mean?

Anything you say will stay with your worker and not shared unless your worker is worried about your safety. We will keep you posted about anything we have to share.