Families affected by domestic abuse

Helping children and families affected by domestic abuse

There is growing evidence that children who live in families where there is domestic abuse can suffer serious long-term emotional effects.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:

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  • coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • psychological and/or emotional abuse 
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • harassment and stalking
  • online or digital abuse
  • honour based abuse 

Even if they are not physically harmed, children may experience emotional and psychological damage as a result of witnessing violence, becoming frightened and distressed when they see a parent, brother or sister beaten or abused.

A child's fear and anxiety will affect their self-confidence and often make them depressed, withdrawn or violent.

We believe that the best way to help children in this situation is to help their families.

We provide counselling for children and young people to stop the long-term effects of domestic abuse.

Our family support services help parents look after their children with more confidence, which helps them to protect themselves and their children from abuse.