Domestic Violence & Abuse
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The National Stalking Helpline provides advice and guidance if you are being made to feel harassed or intimidated by the behaviour of another person or know someone who is. They can be contacted on 0808 802 0300.
Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service provides advice to all survivors of stalking and professionals working with them.
Domestic abuse is threatening behaviour or violent acts carried out by one person towards another in romantic or family relationships. It can take many forms, but may involve one or more of the following:
- Physical abuse - the use of violence or the threat of it towards someone.
- Sexual abuse - forcing someone to have sex or making them carry out sex acts they don't want to do.
- Emotional abuse - repeated controlling behaviour, threats or nasty comments towards someone.
- Financial abuse - control over someone's property or how they use their money.
Signs of being a victim of domestic abuse
There may be other explanations for these but signs include:
- Feeling afraid around or very anxious about upsetting your partner or family member.
- Feeling alone and cut off from loved ones.
- Having low self-esteem and feeling that you don't deserve better.
- Needing alcohol, anti-depressants or other drugs to cope.
Links to further support:
How domestic abuse can affect a child
Seeing or hearing domestic abuse is upsetting for a child and may affect them in the short or long term. It can lead to the following in children:
- Angry or aggressive behaviour.
- Mental health issues including anxiety, depression and self-harm.
- Not sleeping, having nightmares or bedwetting.
- Getting into trouble or not doing well at school.
Further ways domestic abuse can affect a child, can be found on the NSPCC - Signs, indicators and effects website.
Children may also be hurt if they try and protect someone and get caught in the middle. Those who carry out domestic abuse may also be cruel to or threaten children and it has been a factor in many Serious Case Reviews (which take place when a child has suffered a serious injury due to abuse or neglect).
Whether you want support and advice for adapting to family life in lockdown, or you’re worried about a child the NSPCC Helpline is available
How you can help a child
- Tell them what they have seen or heard is wrong.
- Tell them they can talk to you or somebody else they trust about their feelings.
- Let them know about services such as Childline, Kooth or The Hideout (Adults), where they can talk about how they feel.
- Plan together what to do if they feel unsafe.
- Further details of ways to help a child, can be found in the Women's Aid Survivors Handbook.
Further links for how to help a child: