Children and domestic abuse
Recognise the signs of an unhealthy relationship and what you can do to get help
Spotting the signs and talking about it
It can be difficult to tell if domestic abuse is happening and those carrying out the abuse can act very different when other people are around. Children and young people might feel frightened and confused, keeping the abuse to themselves.
You can read about supporting children, the effects it may have on them and who to contact.
Find ways you can talk to children to get them to open up to you.
The NSPCC provide information and advice for any adult concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child.
Young Minds also have lots of information if you think a child has witnessed or experienced abuse or domestic violence.
Find out how we can help you and how you can get in touch.
Myths and misconceptions about domestic abuse
They do not hit me so it is not abuse
Find out more about the different types of abuse.
Alcohol and drugs make people more violent
All couples argue – it’s not domestic abuse, it is just a normal relationship
Find out more about Recognising unhealthy relationships.
Domestic abuse always involves physical or sexual violence
Other abusive behaviours include:
- Coercive control
- Psychological abuse
- Financial or economic control
- Emotional abuse
- Online or digital abuse
Domestic abuse is a rare occurrence
Domestic abuse is often a one-off incident
People experiencing abuse often provoke assaults and therefore “ask for it.”
An abusive relationship does not always affect the children
Domestic abuse is a private matter that others should not get involved in.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse phone 0800 69 49 999.
In an emergency you should always dial 999, if you are unable to speak because you are worried you will be overheard you can press 55 and the operator will know that you need assistance.
Support for parents and carers
Information to help you know what to do if a child talks about domestic abuse
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship
Recognising unhealthy relationships
What to look out for and signs that there is domestic abuse in a relationship
Directory of additional support services
Somerset Domestic Abuse Service is Somerset’s main specialist service which provides support to men, women and children who are affected by domestic abuse.
Find other local and national services that can provide you with extra support.Find a service
8am to 8pm
7 days a week
0800 69 49 999
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call the Police
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