Children: the hidden victims of domestic abuse
An estimated 160,000 children in England are currently living in households where domestic abuse is taking place. Yet life-saving services are being forced to strip back their dedicated children and young people’s domestic abuse services in order to keep their doors open.1 Over half of the residents in refuge are children.2
This is why we’ve teamed up with WCRS to launch a new cinema advert which shines a light on the hidden victims of domestic abuse: children.
Trigger warning: domestic abuse
Women’s Aid estimate that over 160,000 children are living with domestic abuse. This is based on responses received to our Annual Survey 2017 which told us the number of women supported in community based services (e.g. floating support, outreach or IDVA services) during the year 2016/17 by respondents. We used this figure to estimate the number of women who would have been supported by all community based services listed on our Routes to Support database during the year at 154,306. Our ‘Week to Count’ survey showed that on average women using these services during one week in July 2017 had 1.04 children with them. We therefore estimate that during the year women supported by these services had 160,478 children with them.
- Survival and Beyond, Women’s Aid 2018.