Bullying

Bullying at Home

The most common area of bullying for adults is within the home with one incident of domestic violence being reported to the police every minute. Bullying within the home is considered domestic violence, regardless of whether or not it is physical, verbal, sexual or emotional bullying. One in four women will experience domestic violence whilst one in six men will also experience it (Womensaid,2010). Bullying at home is often referred to as “hidden bullying” as people outside the home are often unaware of its occurrence although in many cases other people within the home may also be victims of the bully including children.

Bullying within the home can an extreme effect on the victim’s mental wellbeing. As adults we tend to think of the home as our safe place and therefore when there is bullying within the home it can feel more severe as there is no immediate escape from it. It can leave victims feeling hopeless and is linked to depression, suicidal ideation and self-harm. Bullying in the home can also escalate to more extreme incidents of violence and 2 women a week are killed in domestic violence incidences (womensaid, 2010).

Bullying in the home is not okay and there are a number of charities out there which can offer support from counselling services and advice to emergency housing and exit strategy planning. If you feel you are being bullied at home you can also attend to your GP or local A+E department for assistance.

 

If anybody you know is suffering from cyber bullying go to:

www.internetmatters.org

http://www.befrienders.org/bullying-at-home
http://www.womensaid.org.uk/default.asp
http://www.dvmen.co.uk/help-for-men/help-lines/
http://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/

Bullying in Young Adults

Bullying in the UK continues to be a massive problem with 69% of young people reporting that they have been bullied at some time during their childhood (BullyUk,2006). Bullying can be define as an unprovoked, sustained level or harassment or aggression which causes the person physical or psychological harm.

Bullying can happen in a number of locations including home, school, and youth groups and sports clubs. Bullying can occur from strangers, peers, neighbours, family and friends. There are many different types of bullying. These include:

Verbal Bulling:

Verbal bullying is described as bullying whereby the bully does not physically touch you but may say things to you, or to others, that causes you to become upset. This can include calling names, spreading rumours, telling lies about you or encouraging other people to say mean things to you.

Physical Bullying:

Physical bullying is where you are physically touched in some way. This does not have to cause you physical harm to be classed as physical bullying; physical bullying can cause emotional upset as well.

That being said the majority of the time physical bullying does cause harm to the person’s body and over half of young people bullied have been physically hurt. 34% of these required hospital admission and 3% of attacks involved weapons although this figure is believed to have risen in recent years (BeatBullying, 2006).

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is where a person is harassed via technology. This includes the internet, mobile phones and even apps. Its estimated that over a quarter of secondary school aged children are bullied online in some way. Laws have recently changed allowing people to be charged for cyber bullying which is also known as “trolling”.

Sexual bullying

Sexual bullying is on the increase in the UK. Sexual bullying is classed as any form of bullying which is specifically targeted towards your sex and this can range from name calling to sexual assault. Being touched without your permission is sexual assault, regardless of the intent of the bully. 45% of teenage girls report to have been groped against their wishes (sugar/NSPCC, 2006) whilst nearly half of reported rapes in London are from under 18’s (Making the Grade, 2006). Sexual bullying is shown to have a significant link to the development of depression, eating disorders and self-harm.

Discriminatory bullying

Discriminatory bullying is when you are specifically bullied, in any way, due to your race, disability, sexual orientation or faith. In extreme case’s Discriminatory bullying can be classed as a hate crime and be dealt with accordingly by the police.

Bullying is a serious issue and can have detrimental effects on a young person’s mental state. Bullying can cause low mood, poor self-esteem, depression, self harm, eating disorders and suicidal thinking. It is estimated that 20 young people a year commit suicide due to bullying although it is believed that the number may be even higher than this not to mention the countless young people that attempt to take their own lives due to bullying but survive (BeatBullying, 2006) .

If you feel that you are being bullied do not feel you have to beat it alone. There are many options available to you. Talk to your parents, friends, a teacher or another adult you feel you can trust. If you feel that the bullying is having a significant effect on your mood then contact your GP or school nurse. You don’t need to take your parents to the appointment if you don’t want to but they can refer you to teams that can help. There are also a number of charities available that offer advice and counselling to young people being bullied and you can find web links to these below.

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Tim Fields

 

If anybody you know is suffering from cyber bullying go to:

www.internetmatters.org

http://archive.beatbullying.org/index.html
http://www.bullying.co.uk/general-advice/
http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.html

Bullying in Adults

Bullying is often thought of as an issue that is faced by children and young people however bullying also affects adults. Adults reports being bullied by friends, colleagues, neighbours and family members. Bullying can take many forms including verbal, physical and sexual abuse as well as cyber bullying and discriminatory bullying.

Bullying in the workplace

Bullying in the workplace is a significant issue with up to a third of workers reporting that they have been victims of bullying and in 20% of these case’s this crosses the line into harassment (WPBI, 2009). The most common types of bullying in the work place are verbal, sexual and discriminatory bullying. Women are also twice as likely to report being bullied at work than men.

Bullying in the work place can have serious effect on people including stress, low self-esteem, physical health complications, poor sleep and disruption to home lives. It can also lead to depression and low mood.

Bullying at work is not acceptable and it is important to speak about it if you feel you are being bullied. This could be to a senior member of staff you trust, or a senior member of staff from an alternative team if you feel uncomfortable discussing it with your own management team. You can also contact your union for advice on work place bullying or any of the support links below.

If anybody you know is suffering from cyber bullying go to:

www.internetmatters.org
https://www.gov.uk/workplace-bullying-and-harassment
http://www.bullying.co.uk/bullying-at-work/
http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/workplace-bullying.html

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