We believe that domestic abuse can impact children and young people in a variety of ways.
As part of our domestic abuse prevention programmes, we offer integrated support services for children and young people aged 5-18 who are affected by domestic abuse. Our services, funded by BBC Children in Need, aim to help young people work through their feelings and experiences, process what they're going through and help them build healthy relationships in the future.
If you’re accessing domestic abuse support through one of our services, this support is free for your children.
Below you can read an interview with an experienced counsellor and youth worker who provide support to children in this service and find out more about what we offer and how it can help.
- One to one support with a trained counsellor
- Provides a safe and non-judgemental space to talk
- Offers them emotional support and somebody to listen to their worries
- Allows them to express fears and concerns they have about the future
- Helps them to process their experience
The children just love having that 1-1, quality hour with an adult that will listen and accept and not judge them. We can do creative arts, play therapy, talking therapy. It’s completely child-led
- Providing activities, games and days out with other children and young people
- Giving them a place to be kids, try new things and have fun
- Make friends with young people who are going through the same things
- Reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness
- Helping them express themselves and engage in things they’re interested in
I like to show them that there is a future outside of what they’ve experienced. We show them they can have fun, experience new things and see there’s something ahead of them that’s not the things they’ve already experienced
If you are currently receiving domestic abuse support through any of our services, please speak to your support worker or programme facilitator to learn more about this programme and how your children can access support.