Domestic abuse is when a grown-up threatens, bullies or hurts another adult in the family.   Sometimes it’s called domestic violence.   And it can happen in any family.   It can be very hard to deal with but remember that it’s never your fault.

  • nobody should have to experience domestic abuse in their home
  • if it’s happening, it’s not your fault
  • domestic abuse doesn’t always involve physical violence – it can also include bullying and threats
  • you can always speak to a counsellor about what’s going on
  • if you’re in danger call 999.

There are 130,000 children in the UK living in homes with domestic abuse where there’s a high risk of murder or serious injury.  Thousands more live with less serious domestic violence every day. This has a serious impact on children, on their health and wellbeing.

  • Nearly 2 in 3 children (62%) exposed to domestic violence were also directly harmed
  • Children suffer multiple physical and mental health consequences because of living with domestic violence
  • Only half of the children were previously known to children’s social services. But 80% were known to at least one public agency

In order for children exposed to domestic abuse to get the help they so badly deserve, professionals need to make sure they make the link between the risk to the adult and the risk to the child, and that they act upon it.   And children need to receive specialist domestic violence support, tailored to their needs and linked to the help their parents are getting.   No child should bear the burden of domestic violence and no family should live in fear.

If you or a family member are subject to domestic abuse and need further help or advice please do hesitate to contact a member of the Domestic Violence Team today.  We have offices in Boston, Lincoln, Spalding, Sleaford, Grantham and Newark.

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