When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult, for example physically (punching, kicking, cutting, etc.), through shouting and saying mean things, sexually (inappropriately touching them, forcing them to have sex, etc) or by stopping another adult have access to money. Abusive behaviour can happen in any relationship. It can continue even after the relationship has ended. Both men and women can be abused or abusers. Young people can be abused by there girlfriends or boyfriends. Having parents who abuse each other can be an awful experience for children and young people. You can talk about this experience by ringing Childline on 0800 1111.