Witnessing domestic abuse can be very damaging to children and there are services available to help with their needs and provide welfare support.
If you are being subjected to abuse and you have children please consider the below:
- include children in the safety planning process – the primary aim of any safety plan for children is to escape from dangerous situations and avoid injury
- rehearse escape plans with children identify a safe place or person for children to go to if an incident occurs or the situation escalates
- ensure that children know how to contact the police and provide them with details of useful telephone numbers to use, if it is safe to do so
- check that any children are not the subject of abuse themselves
- involve schools and nurseries in safety planning
Where can I turn for support?
These agencies may be able to provide you and your children with additional support, advice and information.
Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people about any problem
Website to help children and young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action
Emotional support to anyone over 10 years old who has suffered rape or sexual violence
Confidential support and refuge for women & their children experiencing domestic abuse
You can also email them
247 Confidential national freephone helpline supported by Refuge and Women’s Aid.
Providing free, fast & effective legal support to survivors of domestic abuse