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Domestic Abuse

Living in a home where domestic abuse happens can have a serious impact on a child or young person’s mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their behaviour. This can manifest in the following ways and last into adulthood:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Nightmares and flashbacks
  • Feeling unwell e.g. tummy aches.
  • Become aggressive.
  • Lowered sense of self-worth.
  • May begin to truant from school.
  • Start to use alcohol or drugs. Begin to self-harm.
  • Develop an eating disorder.

Children may also feel angry, guilty, insecure, alone, frightened, powerless or confused. They may have ambivalent feelings towards both the abuser and the non-abusing parent. Being witness to domestic abuse is a form of child abuse. 

The following websites may be helpful:


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Refuge Charity – Domestic Violence Help

Rotherham Rise

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