Happy relationships and spotting domestic abuse

The age of consent for sexual activity in the UK is 16. If you enter in to a relationship with someone, you should make sure it is a healthy and happy one. You should both be over the age of 16 and make sure both of you consent if you are engaging in sexual activity. If someone tries to coerce or force you to engage in sexual activity you should report this to the police immediately. You should also avoid talking to strangers on the internet as they could be lying about their age and intentions.

Meaning of Domestic Violence

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse: •psychological •physical •sexual •financial •emotional

Further guidance on Domestic Abuse

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship then you should talk to a teacher, parent or carer about what to do next. You can also contact the police by visiting your local police station or calling 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous on 0800 555 111.

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