If you’re an adult who experienced abuse as a child you may never have felt able to talk to someone about what happened. Or, you may have tried to talk to someone and not felt heard.

By just reading this page you’ve had the courage to take the first difficult steps to seeking help.

What happened to you as a child may have had a deep and possibly devastating effect. As an adult, you may have experienced anxiety, anger, low moods and feelings of guilt and shame. You may also have had problems with relationships, difficulty trusting other people or behaved in ways which put yourself at risk or danger. It’s important to understand that all abuse is wrong and it is NEVER the child’s (or young person’s) fault.

Whatever the difficulties that you are experiencing now, there is help and support available in Leeds and you are not alone. There are people who will believe what you have to say and who want to support you.