What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is when the person who inflicts the abuse is related to you or close to you. For example someone in your family or a romantic partner. Watching others in your home being abused is also abuse.

Domestic abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual or neglect, to give a few examples.

Get help

No one should have to live with abuse. It’s best to tell an adult you trust.

Contact 112 if you are living with abuse

A story about domestic abuse

Sóley is a 13-year-old girl who grew up with domestic abuse. Here she describes what it was like. She has now moved to another home with her mom. Today, she is safe and happy.

The Sick Love Chat

The Sick love chat is an anonymous chat for young people who seek advice about their relationships, communication or violence.


The Red Cross Helpline 1717 is a phone service and webchat for those who need someone to talk to in confidentiality. They are open 24 hours, and it's free to call.

Child Protection Services

Child protection service committees in each municipality help children who exist in unacceptable living conditions and provide support for families.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is when someone makes you do something sexual that you don’t want to do, touches you, or harasses you in a sexual way.

Manneskja heldur fyrir augun. Hún snýr að okkur og mikið liðað hár sveiflast til hægri í vindinum.