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.
This leaflet is for you if you are a mother and social workers are worried that your children are (or may be) harmed by experiencing or witnessing domestic violence.
If you wish to recieve free hard copies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In this domestic violence section, you can find more information about:
- Getting help early
- Child protection
- Contact arrangements for children
- Protecting yourself through court
- Protecting yourself from domestic violence when your immigration status is uncertain
- Where to get further help
- We have a lot of FAQs on domestic violence which you can find here
Note on the language we have used: We refer to survivors of domestic violence as "the mother" or "she". We refer to the abuser or perpetrator as "the father" or "he". We have chosen to use this language because it reflects the situation in the majority of cases. However, we recognise that men can also be survivors of domestic violence and that domestic violence can occur in same sex couples.
The information we have provided generally applies to England and Wales. However, there are some differences in the law between England and Wales. If you live in Wales you could get local advice from a solicitor or Citizen's Advice Bureau.
Thank you to Trust for London for funding Family Rights Group to develop these advice resources.