4. Children, young people and domestic violence  

Domestic violence affects children and young people in a number of ways. They can experience the abuse both directly and indirectly and the impact of this can be significant in terms of a child’s emotional, behavioural, cognitive and physical well being. Children can also be adversely affected by the impact of the abuse on their non-abusive parent, usually the mother. 

Teenagers also experience domestic violence in their own intimate relationships and this issue is covered in Section 4.2.


4.1 - Children affected by domestic violence (including issues of child contact)

4.2 - Domestic violence in adolescent relationships

See also Sections:

6.3 -  Local Safeguarding Children Boards

9   -   Services to assist children

10.2 - Perpetrators & children