Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. But it isn’t just physical violence – domestic abuse includes any emotional, physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse.

It can happen in any relationship, and even after the relationship has ended. Both men and women can be abused or abusers.

Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships. Domestic abuse can seriously harm children and young people. 

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"I knew it was wrong from the first punch when I was 16. But I was very young and scared, and worried about coping on my own."

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Signs, symptoms and effects

Find out about the signs, symptoms and effects of children witnessing domestic abuse or experiencing violence in their own relationships.
Spotting signs of domestic abuse

Keeping children safe

How to help keep children safe from domestic abuse
Keeping children safe from domestic abuse

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What we do about domestic abuse

Caring Dads: Safer Children

Helping fathers see the impact their violent behaviour has on their children and how they can make positive changes for the future.
Caring Dads: Safer Children service

Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together

Helping mums and children strengthen their relationship after domestic abuse.
DART - Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together service

Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FEDUP)

Protecting children living with adult drug and alcohol misuse.
FEDUP - Family Environment: Drug Using Parents service


Support and life skills for children who live with mums or dads with mental health difficulties.
Family SMILES service

Parents Under Pressure™

Improving parenting in families with drug or alcohol issues.
Parents Under Pressure™ service

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We visit 9-11 year olds in schools across the country, helping them to understand what abuse is and giving them the confidence to speak out and seek help if they ever need it.
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