Women’s Aid responds to NSPCC figures on a surge in reports of children affected by domestic abuse
Friday 22nd September 2017
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said:
“We know from working with survivors and their children that domestic abuse has a devastating impact on children’s well being and safety. It is shocking that the NSPCC have seen reports of children affected by domestic abuse soar by 77% in the last four years. This revelation comes in the same week as Ofsted findings that “far too little” was being done to help and support children living with domestic abuse, and we support their call for an overhaul in how we respond to domestic abuse. We at Women’s Aid have long been calling for an early intervention and long-term strategy to tackling domestic abuse.
“For far too long, the Government, courts and statutory agencies have turned a blind eye to the impact domestic abuse has on children. That’s why we launched our Child First campaign to draw attention to the long-lasting, detrimental impact domestic abuse has on children’s well-being and safety. We must ensure that all parts of the public sector recognise and understand domestic abuse, especially coercive and controlling behaviour, and that they have a joined up response that supports both the children and their mothers, who are overwhelmingly the victims of domestic abuse. Early intervention and effective support are essential to help women and child survivors escape abuse.”
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