Children and Young People’s Experience of Domestic Abuse

This session explores how children and young people can experience domestic abuse, how this can impact on their lives and the coping strategies they can employ. It also looks at the importance of listening to children and young people and how difficult it can be for them to be heard.

Experiencing Domestic Abuse impacts every domain of a child’s life. Perpetrators actions are detrimental to a child’s educational and social experiences as well as their physical health and wellbeing. Understanding the impact of the perpetrator’s behaviour and the experiences and needs of children must extend beyond the measure of ‘did the children hear it, did they see it?’.  We need to frame domestic abuse as a conscious parenting choice holding perpetrators responsible for the trauma and disruption they cause to children’s emotional and physical health and wellbeing.

This session explores how children and young people can experience domestic abuse, how this can impact on their lives and the coping strategies they can employ. The session highlights the importance of listening to children and young people and how difficult it can be for them to be heard.  This session also explores how the perpetrator can continue to exert power and control over children post separation and how this abuse can continue to be experienced by children and young people highlighting the need to ensure professionals and others understand the importance of ensuring any contact is safe, health and in the best interests of the child does not become a means for the continuation of abuse to the children and/or mother post separation.

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