Childhood Abuse

What is childhood abuse?

Child abuse can include neglect as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse. In many cases people experience more than one type of abuse. It’s important to remember that if you were abused as a child it’s not your fault or because of anything that you did. Abusive behaviour towards children is always wrong and never the child’s fault.

Around 1 in 4 adults, both male and female, have experienced abuse as a child. Some victims find that with the support of their family and friends they are able to move on from their childhood abuse. But for many survivors, talking about the abuse to someone who is professional, caring and independent, is an important part of recovering from the impact of the crime.