The Impact of Domestic Violence Upon Children

The Government have issued statistics which show that in total 1.35 million women experienced domestic abuse in 2014/15.

During that time, in 46% of cases of partner abuse, a child was present in the household, of which 20% of children saw or heard the abuse.

Close to 200,000 initial Child Protection Assessments during 2014/15 involved domestic violence as an identifiable factor.

In view of these figures the Government has said that it is working to address the impact of domestic abuse on children.  The Government has also said that it intends to shortly announce a new violence against women and girls strategy.  The aim will be to give victims and their children more support.

Further research has highlighted that not only domestic abuse but parental mental health and substance misuse are all significant issues often leading to children being taken into care.

At Ringrose Law we have a specialist team who are able to help victims of domestic abuse and their children, whether it be by way of obtaining injunctions or representing parents in care proceedings.  Legal Aid is generally available. Please contact a member of our Family Department at any of our offices in Lincolnshire and Newark.

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