Domestic violence and children

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Domestic abuse and violence harm children too and it is likely that your child is aware of what is happening. Children who witness abuse respond in different ways and they may become anxious, withdrawn, depressed or angry. They may try to interpret what is happening and worry about their roles in causing violence to happen. It is important to explain to them that it is not their fault and they must not intervene, and to teach them how to get help or call 999.

Under Section 120 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, children who live in households where domestic violence occurs are identified as being 'at risk' of harm from seeing or hearing the ill treatment of others.

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Concerned about a child or young person

If you are concerned about a child or young person who may be experiencing domestic violence you can contact the following services for advice and help:

Wandsworth Children's Specialist Services

Childline

NSPCC

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