Just as every child's experience of domestic abuse is different, every child will be affected differently. Domestic abuse can impact upon all areas of children and young people's lives including health, education, the development of relationships, recreation and social activities. The effects of domestic violence on children are wide ranging and will differ for each child or young person. Effects can include:
There are a range of resources that can help you to address this issue with your children. The Hideout is a UK website with information, activities, a quiz and stories of children living with domestic abuse. You can also get advice from Women's Aid on how to talk and support your children.
Some things to say to your child:
Remember children and young people can and do recover from the negative impact of domestic abuse provided the adequate support and reassurance is in place.