Steps to Safety Supporting families living with domestic abuse

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Family life can be stressful. And sometimes, these tensions can spill over into conflict or violence. An abusive relationship between parents or carers can be distressing for a child and harm their emotional and physical development.

Steps to Safety is an early-intervention programme to help families living with domestic abuse.

It aims to help families:

  • reduce stress
  • manage emotions
  • respond calmly to conflict.

We're currently piloting Steps to Safety to see how it can help parents prevent any more incidents from happening and create a safer and more stable future for their children.

How it works

Steps to Safety focuses on mood management to help adults manage and change their behaviour. Parents attend 26 weekly sessions, each lasting for 90 minutes.

Parents learn how to:

  • control emotion
  • improve relationships
  • reduce conflict.

To achieve this, the programme teaches families about mindfulness. Evidence suggests that this can help control anxiety, stress, and aggression.

Where Steps to Safety is available

Belfast

02820 441650

Southampton

02382 023 400

Swansea

01792 341 700

Referrals

Who Steps to Safety is for.

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Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART™)

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

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

Parents Under Pressure™

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

Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FEDUP)

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

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