All families will occasionally argue but changes at home such as a parent losing their job, an illness, a new baby or a marriage breakdown can cause serious conflict. Also, a new marriage creating a stepmother or father, along with stepbrothers or sisters, moving into the home will change the dynamics of a family. An adult or sibling can have problems with drugs, alcohol or other substances which may create bullying behaviour.

Bullying in the home can be physical violence or verbal and emotional abuse. Sometimes it includes both.

Verbal abuse and emotional abuse can include name calling, constant fault-finding or nit-picking, never giving praise or not even acknowledging your existence. The bully may try to set people within the family against each other by telling lies about the other person to provoke arguments.

Bullying at home can make you feel very alone and frightened.

You many want to talk to someone who won't judge you or tell you what to do, but who will listen to your thoughts, fears and feelings. Befriending centres can help. You don't have to tell them who you are, and everything you say will be treated in complete confidence.

If you'd like to talk to someone right now, you can click here.

The following links provide further information and support about bullying at home. If you need help or support, please click on the link marked "I need help".

Support for children

Bullying in the Family


Child Helpline International

Bully Homepage

I Need Help!