Domestic abuse can impact children and young people in many different ways and some may even experience abuse themselves.
Many children and young people do cope with and survive living with abuse, at times displaying extraordinary resilience. However there can be negative, long lasting impacts on a child or young person’s psychological and emotional wellbeing.
How does domestic abuse affect children and young people?
Watch this short, powerful video from Kaleidoscopic UK, a Domestic Abuse support charity based in London.
Children and young people may suffer with:
- Anxiety, including 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
- Substance misuse
- Engagement in risk taking behaviours
- Isolating themselves
How can we help?
Broxtowe Women’s Project offers a range of services to support young people to talk about their experience in a safe and confidential environment.
The one to one support our children 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
We also work closely with the NSPCC on their Talk Pants Campaign, helping children to understand and talk about sexual abuse. Please read about this work here:
- Children’s Design Competition Will Share Important Message – Broxtowe Women’s Project (broxtowewomensproject.org.uk)
- Helping more children stay safe with the Talk PANTS message – Broxtowe Women’s Project (broxtowewomensproject.org.uk)
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