Any child who experiences domestic abuse can be left with serious mental health issues, anxiety and self harming are also common. After our initial safeguarding checks, and support to the family members any vulnerable children are also helped and supported as much as we can. This can involve referrals to other mental health organisations for counselling, support if providing equipment for leisure or study as well as respite breaks. Our support is not limited to any type of criteria and often is purely on the support plan drawn up by the support worker or volunteer. This also includes simple coffee chats or assistance to special events and other commitments. Emergency essentials such as beds, clothing and other items or services critical to wellbeing.
Although our services are focused around victims of Domestic Abuse, both our vulnerable initiatives are open to other forms of disadvantage. This can include illness or disability, distress, poverty or mental illness. There must be shown to be a need for this help and in these schemes funding is prioritised to the most vulnerable and Children.
Following the clarification of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, Part 1 Section 3 (2). Any child who is witness to domestic abuse, is in fact themselves a 'victim' of domestic abuse.
Domestic Abuse Bill,
Part 1 - Definition of "domestic abuse"
3 Children as victims of domestic abuse
(1) This section applies where behaviour of a person (“A”) towards another person
(“B”) is domestic abuse.
(2) Any reference in this Act to a victim of domestic abuse includes a reference to a child who—
(a) sees or hears, or experiences the effects of, the abuse, and
(b) is related to A or B.
(3) A child is related to a person for the purposes of subsection (2) if—
(a) the person is a parent of, or has parental responsibility for, the child, or
(b) the child and the person are relatives.
(4) In this section—
“child” means a person under the age of 18 years;
“parental responsibility” has the same meaning as in the Children Act 1989 (see section 3 of that Act);
“relative” has the meaning given by section 63(1) of the Family Law Act1996.