Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART™) Helping children and mothers after domestic abuse

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Mothers who have lived with an abusive partner can lose sight of their children's physical and emotional needs. And children can find it hard to talk to their mothers about what has happened. They may start acting out the abusive, threatening or controlling behaviour they’ve witnessed.

Through Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART™), children and their mothers can talk to each other about domestic abuse, learn to communicate and rebuild their relationship. They can meet other children and mothers who have lived through similar experiences, and share what they have learned.

 

How it works

Every week, mothers and children aged 7-14 meet for a 2-hour group session. We work with each group for 10 weeks. 

Children and mothers work together for an hour at the start of the group, then take part in activities in separate groups. At the end of each session, they join together again.

Women learn more about:

  • how domestic abuse happens
  • how it affects children.

They’ll also explore experiences and strategies that can be used as a parent.

Children take part in activities together which help them build their own understanding of domestic abuse, how they’re feeling and how to keep themselves safe.

Children and mothers who attended DART™ felt it helped their recovery and their relationship, according to interim evaluation findings.

  

Around 1 in 5 children have been exposed to domestic abuse.

Explanation: Figures based on findings from 11-17 year olds. 17.5% said they had been exposed to domestic abuse between adults in their home (see p. 47).

Children's stories

"At the first session I got to meet other young people... I started to feel a bit more normal and realised for the first time that I wasn’t alone."

Read JB's story

Evaluating the impact

Find out how we're evaluating Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together.

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Where DART™ is available

Southampton

02382 023 400

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