Advice on talking to children following domestic abuse

Two booklets offering advice on how to talk to children about domestic abuse are now available for parents and practitioners in a bid to empower children who often witness abuse.

Statistics show that children are either in the same room or the next room when domestic abuse takes place in over 90 per cent of incidents, and up to 66 per cent of children will be directly hurt during an attack.

One guide, entitled “Talking to children about domestic violence and abuse” provides suggestions on how to talk about an abusive ex-partner and gives ideas for helping children when they have witnessed domestic abuse.

Cllr Robert Tate, Chair of the Safer North Hampshire* Community Safety Partnership, said: “Although it may be uncomfortable for a parent to talk about violence or abuse, it is essential as it is a lot scarier for children when no-one talks to them about what has happened and what they may have just seen or heard.”

A second leaflet, entitled “Parenting during and after domestic violence and abuse” provides tips for parenting after abuse, such as:

– Giving a child time to talk and listen to them.

– Reassuring a child that they are not responsible for someone else’s actions.

– Showing unconditional love, without threats.

Both leaflets are available on our leaflets page by clicking here.