Talking about domestic abuse

If a child talks to you about domestic abuse it is important to:

  • listen carefully to what they are saying
  • let them know they have done the right thing by telling you
  • tell them it is not their fault
  • say you will take them seriously
  • do not confront the alleged abuser
  • explain what you will do next
  • report what the child has told you as soon as possible.

You can find out more on the NSPCC website and Young Minds has a Parents Guide to Support that you may also find useful.

Support if you are concerned

Please contact the Somerset Domestic Abuse Service on 0800 69 49 999 or email

If you are concerned about the risk of domestic abuse to a child, refer to the how to make a referral page.

Last reviewed: September 26, 2023 by Jennifer

Next review due: March 26, 2024

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