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.
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
- Please download our brochure, Information for mothers involved with Children’s Services because of domestic violence.
Thank you to Trust for London for funding Family Rights Group to develop these advice resources.