What is Peer on Peer Abuse?

What is Peer on Peer Abuse?

This form of abuse occurs when there is any kind of physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse or coercive control exercised between children.

There will usually be a power imbalance, whether that be age, status or some other factor.  In some cases, the perpetrator will also be the victim in another relationship with a power imbalance.  Behaviour may be intimate or non-intimate.

Symptoms of possible peer on peer abuse may include:

  • absence from school
  • physical injuries
  • mental or emotional issues
  • inability to sleep
  • alcohol or substance misuse
  • changes in behaviour
  • inappropriate behaviour for age
  • being abusive to others.

Peer on peer abuse and can take many forms. This can include (but is not limited to) bullying (including cyberbullying); sexual violence and sexual harassment; physical abuse such as hitting, kicking, shaking, biting, hair pulling, or otherwise causing physical harm; sexting and initiating/hazing type violence and rituals.

Get in touch via isva@idas.org.uk or ring our helpline on 03000 110 110.
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