The government defines Domestic Abuse as between adults.
It does not include Child Abuse.
- Between April 2014 and March 2015 54 children were killed in England and Wales.
- 35 were killed by a family member or friend.
- Out of the 54 killed only 3 were killed by a stranger.
- 16 cases are unsolved – Could they be family members? We will never know.
- Staggering statistics show that 363 children were victims of homicide between April 2008 and March 2015 and of the cases solved only 8.5% were killed by a stranger.
- 1 in 3 children in high risk domestic abuse families are not known to Social Services.
- 25% of children in high risk domestic abuse homes are under 3 and on average the abuse has been going on for 2.6 years. Most of their lives.
- 1 in 3 women suffering domestic abuse admit the first incident of abuse was whilst they were Pregnant.
- 62% of children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by the perpetrator. This does not include emotional harm suffered by witnessing abuse against others.
According to the NSPCC
Children who witness domestic abuse may:
- become aggressive
- display anti-social behaviour
- suffer from depression or anxiety
- not do as well at school – due to difficulties at home or disruption of moving to and from refuges.
Several studies have revealed children from homes where domestic abuse was present, are more likely to be affected by violence as adults – either as victims or perpetrators.
The effects of growing up in a home with abuse, has severe and long term effects.
Findings show children who are not direct victims of abuse, have the same psychological and behavioural problems as a child who has been physically abused.