Children who grow up in homes in which domestic abuse is taking place will always be affected, regardless of whether they actually witness any violence or not. Experiencing or witnessing domestic abuse as a child may lead to the development of a range of developmental, behavioural and emotional problems. Early intervention is one of the best ways to counteract the effects of witnessing abuse. There are a number of ways to help children overcome the trauma:
If you are worried about the effects that an abusive relationship is having on your child and you would like to access support and advice, see below for details of agencies that can help. You can also give us a call on our confidential Referral and Advice line 020 8317 8273.
Here you can get help and advice about a wide range of issues and talk to a counsellor online.
Helpline: 0800 1111
Information for mothers whose children are involved with Children’s Services because of domestic abuse.
For parents/carers with adolescent children. Offers a helpline, individual counselling, weekly drop-in sessions and ‘Living with challenging behaviour’ courses. Self-referral available.
Address: 72 Blackheath Road, Greenwich SE10 8DA
Helpline: 020 8469 0205
Specialist, confidential counselling, advice and helpline service for children and adult survivors of rape and sexual assault. Service delivered at various locations in the borough.
Helpline: 01474 537 392
Treatment workers provide support to mothers who have issues with drugs or alcohol. Childcare provided to support sessions.
Phone: 020 8854 2859