Barnardo’s has published a report looking at the hidden impact of domestic abuse on children and young people in areas including: mental health; child development; harmful sexual behaviour; future cycles of abuse and youth offending. Published ahead of the Domestic Abuse Bill, the report makes recommendations including: that the Domestic Abuse Bill explicitly recognises the impact of this crime on children; that domestic abuse and coercive control are referenced as a key risk to children’s health and wellbeing and changes should be made to legislation to offer statutory support to child victims of domestic abuse.
Read the news story: Toxic cycle of domestic abuse can lead to drug dealing and sexual abuse
Read the report: Not just collateral damage (PDF)
Date: 25 February 2020