Domestic abuse – the effect on children and young people

Domestic abuse is a serious child protection issue. In many cases, children were in the same or next room when abuse was happening, and in some cases, children were directly abused. Witnessing domestic abuse can have significant short and long-term effects on children’s development, resulting for example in eating and sleeping disorders, and emotional and behavioural problems.

If you have been affected by domestic violence these organisations may be able to provide you with support:

Bexley Domestic Abuse Services has been developed by the Bexley Domestic Abuse Partnership to provide information, support and guidance for Bexley residents. London Borough of Bexley partners include: Metropolitan Police Service, Solace, National Probation Service, London Fire Brigade, Clinical Commissioning Group, National Health Service and Victim Support. Services are described on the partnership’s website:

Solace are a domestic abuse charity who provide services in Bexley including safe and suitable refuge accommodation, a One Stop Shop Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy service for high risk cases, an outreach service for medium risk cases and resilience building group programmes:

Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members). The helpline is run by the charity Respect:

Broken Rainbow UK is an LGBT domestic abuse charity. Their objective is to relieve the distress and suffering caused to lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by domestic abuse:

Women’s Aid have created a website resource called The Hideout to help children and young people understand domestic abuse.

The children’s charity Barnardo’s has some useful information on the effects of domestic abuse on children on its website:

NHS UK has a number of resources on its website relating to domestic abuse including a short film showing two women talking about their experiences of domestic abuse and how they found the strength and support to move on: