Domestic violence and children

Domestic violence harms children too and it is likely your child is aware of what is happening. They may try to interpret what is happening and worry about their roles in causing violence to happen.

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.

Concerned about a child or young person

Children who witness abuse respond in different ways. They may become anxious, withdrawn, depressed or angry. Explain to them that it is not their fault and they must not intervene, and teach them how to get help or call 999.

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

Wandsworth Children's Specialist Services



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