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Abuse can happen to anyone of any age, from any background and of any sexual orientation. Domestic abuse is the term used to describe abuse that takes place within a family setting or intimate relationship to anyone over the age of 16. Abuse suffered by someone under 16 is child abuse.

If you are worried about someone under the age of 18 you can contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) anonymously on 01803 208100 or   You can find information about other things that might be worrying you or affecting you on the Torbay Safeguarding Children Partnership website.