Supporting children and young people.

One in seven children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their lives.

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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.  

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

They also offer a lot of advice for parents which you can find here. 

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