Leading children’s charities welcome draft domestic abuse bill but caution more must be done for children

Posted by / Monday 21 January 2019 / Public Affairs
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“The Government has made the first step in recognising the needs of children, young people and families affected by domestic abuse.

“The pledged £8 million allocated to projects across the country will help in alleviating some of the long term and heart-breaking impact of domestic abuse on children and the long-lasting emotional scars seen day in and day out by our services. Living in a household where abuse takes place is hugely traumatic for children and we must recognise them as victims, not just witnesses. Research shows children who experience domestic abuse are more likely to become involved in an abusive relationship themselves, or to suffer mental and physical health problems.

“What is clear now is that the Bill and its associated guidance should ensure that all children and young people affected by domestic abuse have access to specialist support services in their area. The Government needs to work with local authorities to end the current postcode lottery of services for children. We’re pleased ministers will consult further on the draft Bill before introducing it to Parliament and we’re committed to working together to ensure we seize this opportunity to protect child victims of domestic abuse.”

Julie Bentley, Chief Executive, Action for Children

Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Barnardo’s



Action for Children:

Freya Barnes - 07802 806 679 / [email protected]  / [email protected]


Michael Clark - 020 8498 7640 - [email protected]  out of hours 020 8498 7555


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