One in seven (14.2 per cent) children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood.
If you have children, you have probably tried to shield them from the abuse as much as you possibly can. Sadly, children are observant and will probably be aware of the abuse taking place but this doesn’t stop the abuser from continuing. This is never your fault.
Domestic abuse services offer specialist emotional and practical support for children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
Children will react in different ways if they are affected by domestic abuse in any form. It is advised to speak to your child, make sure they understand what’s happening and assure them it is not their fault.
Women’s Aid have created a space for children and young people to understand domestic abuse and what to do should they be affected by it. It’s called The Hideout and has videos, questions and experiences from other young people going through the same thing.
They also offer a lot of advice for parents which you can find here.