Day 6. Children: the hidden victims of domestic abuse

In the majority of families where there are children and where abuse is being perpetrated, the children will be aware of this and will often hear it or see it going on. This can have profound and often life-long effects.

The Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill amendments in June were welcomed by Victims’ Commissioner. These included that a child who sees or hears, or experiences the effects of, domestic abuse and is related to the person being abused or the perpetrator is also to be regarded as a victim of domestic abuse.

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