Bullying & Abuse

Talk Out, Don't Act Out


When somebody does something to control, bully or hurt someone else: it is called abuse. Abuse can take many forms such as physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse.


Physical Abuse

Is control by violence or threat of violence including hitting, biting, burning or shaking.


Sexual Abuse

When someone forces another to do any sexual acts that they do not want to do or watch something sexual that they do not want to watch.


Verbal Abuse

Is putting a person down and undermining their confidence by using threats, insults, name calling or shouting.


Bullying is the ongoing abuse of another person through physical, emotional or verbal means, often in the presence of others. Nobody has the right to hurt you physically or emotionally even if they are in a position of authority or they say they love you. Abuse is wrong. Always refuse to accept abuse and remember that secrecy is an abusers best weapon, so NEVER KEEP IT A SECRET and remember HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE. The most important thing is to tell somebody you trust.

Useful Contacts


Talk to a GP

Click here to see all local GP contacts




+353 (0)1 873 3500

1890 927 277


West Cork Women Against Violence


1800 203 136


Sexual Violence Centre, Cork


+353 (0)21 450 55 77

1800 496 496


OSS Cork


1800 497 497

Email: advice@osscork.ie


Support for Male Vic toms of Domestic Abuse


+353 (0)46 902 3718


Anti Bulling Network

The Anti-Bullying Network is an independent operation tackling bulling in the community




Preventing Bullying, Protecting Children



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