CHILDREN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Despite your best efforts to shield and protect your children from the domestic violence that is going on at home, in the vast
majority of cases, children of all ages will witness the violence and be aware of it and effected by it.
Witnessing domestic violence can mean:
~ actually seeing the violence by being in the same room or possibly trying to intervene in it, or forced to take part in it
~ hearing the violence and abuse,
~ observing the aftermath of the abuse (bruises, blood, broken furniture, torn clothes etc.)
IMPACT ON CHILDREN
Living with domestic violence in a climate of uncertainty
and fear can affect children in many different ways as
they grow up.
You may be afraid that if you seek help, your children
could be taken away from you, but it is the opposite.
You are never responsible for a violent partner's abuse.
Seeking help and support is the responsible thing to do
for your children and it is important if you are to protect
your children from further harm and get the appropriate
supports they may already need.
Children are resilient and with support can overcome the
effects of domestic violence.
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ON LINE HELP FOR CHILDREN
IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 and domestic violence is happening in your home it is important that you know that adult domestic
violence is never your fault and it is not your job to fix it. You are not alone, domestic violence happens in many families and
there are people and services that you can turn to that can help you and your family.
Here are some safe sites that will help you find the information and support you need.
OUR SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS
DVR can advise you on the different supports and
services that are available for your children, such as play
therapy and child counselling, as well as offer you
support with parenting issues.
Our service offers child therapy to children who no
longer live in violent situations.
Referral to appropriate agencies to provide ongoing
Interventions to assist parenting in the aftermath of
This eight week programme addresses the issues that can arise for
women when they leave abusive relationships. Topics include:
re-establishing parental control, creating violent free homes ,
helping children talk about domestic violence and navigating
contact with ex-partner now.
Services for Women and Children
Office Hours 10am - 5pm
Monday - Friday
Free Confidential Support & Information Service
Tel: 091 866740
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Helpline (01) 4433890.