Domestic abuse affects children and young people. We know that they are more aware of what's happening than parents often think. How they respond depends on their age, personality, support network, but they recover best when they are helped to understand and to process what is happening or has happened to them.
Children and young people may feel:
- feel confused, anxious, angry, afraid, isolated, ashamed, guilty
- risk injury by being caught in between parents
- be unable to concentrate and to achieve at school
- be used to threaten victims (to harm children or 'have them taken into care')
- not have their own needs fully met by a parent who is struggling to cope with being abused
- be directly abused by the person who is harming the adult
- develop ways of coping that are harmful e.g. running away or using substances
- get into trouble because they are copying the behaviour they have witnessed
For further support, please visit this Cheshire East website.