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?
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
If you or someone you know may benefit from our children services, you can contact Broxtowe Women’s Project by calling 01773 719111. If you prefer you can text our mobile number 07914 634190. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t get through right away please leave a message on our confidential answerphone and we’ll aim to get back to you the same or next working today.
Abusive fathers will use their children in a variety of different ways to perpetuate domestic abuse. Using children is highly effective as a way of exerting power and control over their intimate partners or former partners.
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