Patchy, piecemeal and precarious: support for children affected by domestic abuse

Action for Children

Domestic abuse affects children in several ways.

This means a range of interventions are needed across local areas to make sure that every child gets the specialist help they need. For example, some children may require therapeutic support, provided by a trained professional, and delivered through talking or play, depending on each individual child.

Our own service, Breaking the Cycle, offers therapeutic one-to-one counselling to improve children’s emotional wellbeing. Psychoeducational programmes can also be invaluable, helping each child to learn about domestic abuse and develop coping skills