Domestic Violence advice

This section of the website is for mothers who are involved with Children's Services because their children are (or may be) harmed by experiencing and/ or witnessing domestic violence.

Domestic violence can involve physical or sexual abuse, rape, emotional abuse and isolation, coercion, threats, intimidation, economic abuse, financial control, forced marriage and honour-based violence. It can happen online as well as offline. Women who experience domestic violence may have a range of responses to it - fear, anxiety, isolation, depression, drug or alcohol misuse are all common reactions – and too often they feel blamed.

Research shows that witnessing domestic violence can be very harmful for children. The damage it causes is specifically included in the legal definition of significant harm to a child.

In this domestic violence section, you can find more information about:

There have been a number of important changes to the law which came into force on 22nd April. We are in the process of updating all the information on our website to include these changes. In the meantime please note that any residence orders have now been replaced by child arrangements orders which have the same effect.

If you need further advice, contact our advice service on 0808 801 0366.

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