Dealing with domestic violence

This page is for anyone who has experienced, or is experiencing, domestic violence. Although we are not experts in this area, we know that domestic violence can be a reason behind parents separating and may affect the emotions that you and your child go through.

It is domestic violence whenever a person behaves in a threatening, violent or abusive way towards a family member, a partner or an ex-partner. The abuse might be psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional.

If you are suffering from domestic violence - you are not alone. Domestic violence accounts for nearly a quarter of all recorded violent crime in England and Wales.

You can contact the specialist organisations listed here:

Further help is also available:

  • Your GP could refer you and your child to a local organisation for emotional or psychological support.
  • There is a Community Safety Unit at every local police station.
  • Your local authority may have a duty to provide you with emergency accommodation.
  • Social services have a duty to help any child in need of emergency accommodation.
  • A court can make a court order to keep your abuser away.