Domestic abuse support for young people

Living with domestic abuse can have an impact upon children but, with the right help, they can recover. If you are concerned about your child, you could:

  • Talk to a health visitor, school staff, GP or other professional. Ask them about early help or contact 01934 426 329 or for an early help assessment in order to find out what support you could receive. 
  • Find out about My Kids and Me – a groupwork course for mothers about parenting after domestic abuse. Find out about this course by calling the DAFFS line 0800 694 or, if you are a father, for some advice

  • Download our booklet; Talking to Children about Domestic Abuse for tips and advice about what to say

  • Enable your child to access The Hideout; a website run by Women’s Aid for children and young people

  • Visit North Somerset Council’s online directory for information about support, activities and groups across the district

  • If the child/young person you are concerned about is aged 5 to 18 (or 25 if they have additional needs), find out about the support that the Young Victims’ Service can provide

  • If you live in the Bournville area of Weston-super-Mare you could find out about Wanted Not Wasted – they offer drop-ins, mentoring and more

  • If your child is having to take on caring responsibilities for an adult, find out about support for Young Carers

If you have any concerns about possible abuse it must be reported by calling 01275 888 808. If a child or young person is in immediate danger, then please dial 999 and ask for police assistance.