If you are being abused and have children, you have probably tried to shield them from it as much as you possibly can. Sadly, children are observant and will probably still be aware of what is going on - but this usually doesn’t stop an abuser from continuing.  

It is important to remember that you are never to blame for how your abuser treats you or your children.

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 a good idea to speak to your child, make sure that they understand what’s happening and reassure them that it's not their fault. 

Women’s Aid has created a space for children and young people to understand domestic abuse and what to do if they are affected. It’s called The Hideout and has videos, questions and experiences from other young people going through the same thing. 

Women's Aid also offer a lot of advice for parents which you can find here.