Support for Children
What is Domestic Abuse?
- Domestic abuse is abusing or controlling behaviour
- The violence or abuse can be physical, sexual, financial, mental or emotional
- Such violence can also be directed towards children, other family members or friends of the victim
- Abusive behaviour can occur in any relationship
Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service Support for Children and Young People
Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service exists to provide an outreach and a Children/Young People’s service to children whose lives are affected by domestic abuse, to empower them to make decisions for themselves about their own futures.
We work in partnership with local agencies to enable children/young people to regain the strength and confidence to take control of their lives and to have a future without fear.
The service provides:
- Dedicated support either via face to face meetings, telephone, text or email according to need and individual choice
- Services in communities through working with other agencies
- Training and awareness sessions for agencies or individuals
Groups for Children
Our partners provide specialist group activities for children and young people that have witnessed domestic abuse. See our events section for more information.
As part of the new 0-25 Emotional Health & Wellbeing Services in Shropshire a free, safe and anonymous online support for young people has been launched. Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Children and young people can create an anonymous account and chat online to a counsellor from Monday to Friday 12noon to 10pm and from Saturday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm. Please visit www.kooth.com for more information.
You can make your own Safety Plan by writing down:
- A safe place in your house you can go
- The name and phone number of someone you can ring
- A safe place to go outside of your home
- In an emergency call 999