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Alfie: a little boy with big dreams
Alfie is 7. He wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. When he was 3 his dad died, so then it was just him and his mum, Sarah.
A few years ago she met a new boyfriend, Alan. He was really nice at first and they played astronauts together.
But it wasn't long before things changed. Alan would get drunk a lot and shout at Sarah and he started hitting her. One night he came home and punched Alfie in the tummy.
Alfie was in so much pain his mum called an ambulance. When they got back from the hospital, Children's Social Care talked everything through with Sarah. They encouraged her to get in touch with the NSPCC and we told her about our Domestic Abuse: Recovering Together (DART) programme.
Alfie and his mum started going to DART every week for 10 weeks. Little by little, Alfie began to feel safer. His mum says everything will be ok now. So Alfie can concentrate on being an astronaut again.
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Alfie’s story draws on the real experiences of children and families helped by our Domestic Abuse Recovering Together service, but does not describe a specific case.