Childrens Service

How does Domestic Abuse affect Children?

Domestic abuse can impact children and young people in many different ways. Some children and young people may even experience direct abuse themselves.

Many children and young people do cope with and survive, at times displaying extraordinary resilience. However there can be negative long lasting impacts on a child or young person’s psychological and emotional well-being.

Children and young people may suffer with:

  • Anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Low levels of self-esteem and confidence
  • Behavioural issues

Children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse may also develop negative coping strategies such as:

  • Emotional numbing
  • Self-harm
  • Substance misuse
  • Engagement in risk taking behaviours
  • Isolating themselves

How can we help?

BWP offer a range of services to support young people to talk about their experiences in a safe and confidential environment.

The one to one support our children’s workers offer can help children and young people to:

  • Explore their feelings in a safe environment
  • Learn how to stay safe
  • Learn about healthy relationships
  • Build self esteem, confidence and resilience
  • Receive support to access community networks

Children and young people can also access counselling and therapeutic interventions for:

  • Support for more complex needs
  • Support to develop positive coping strategies
  • Explore feelings, thoughts and behaviours at a deeper level in a safe and confidential space
  • Expression through creative art therapies

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