Domestic abuse and children

Seeing or hearing domestic abuse is upsetting for a child and may affect them in the short or long term.

Children may also be hurt if they try and protect someone and get caught in the middle.

Other ways that domestic abuse can affect a child can be found on the NSPCC – Signs, indicators and effects.

How you can help a child

  • tell them what they have seen or heard is wrong and that they can talk to you or somebody else they trust about their feelings
  • let them know about services such as Childline and Your Space West Sussex
  • plan together what to do if they feel unsafe

More details of ways to help can be found in the Women’s Aid Survivors Handbook.


The NSPCC Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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