The effects of domestic abuse on a victim and their children, and the impact on their health are enormous. It affects a victim’s physical, sexual, emotional and mental health. It also impacts their relationships with others and their ability to make and sustain social contact and family and work commitments. See the domestic abuse – the effects on children document for more information.

Children exposed to domestic abuse may also develop emotional, behavioural, developmental and academic problems. All children will have their own unique experiences and cope with them in different ways.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, there is help and support available to you. This is not something you should have to endure alone. Please see the Bracknell Forest Council’s web pages about stopping domestic abuse. There is also a list of organisations that can help.

Domestic abuse in teenage relationships

Abuse in relationships can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, disability, faith, or family situation.

Controlling behaviour in relationships: talking to young people about healthy relationships is produced by Women’s Aid and Teen abuse – information and advice is produced by the Home Office as part of their teen abuse campaign. Both will help you find out more about teenage relationship abuse, explain the tell-tale signs to look out for, and will give you advice on how to talk to your children, or children you are responsible for, about the issue.

For more local support and advice see the council’s domestic abuse page. To speak to someone in confidence, call Berkshire Women’s Aid on 0118 950 4003. 

Online and Digital Abuse

Digital abuse is the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online.

Women’s Aid research on online domestic abuse found that:

  • For 85% of respondents the abuse they received online from a partner or ex-partner was part of a pattern of abuse they also experienced offline.
  • Nearly a third of respondents (29%) experienced the use of spyware or GPS locators on their phone or computers by a partner or ex-partner.
  • For half (50%) of respondents the online abuse they experienced also involved direct threats to them or someone they knew.
  • Nearly a third of those respondents who had received threats stated that where threats had been made online by a partner or ex-partner they were carried out.

The website loveisrespect.org give examples of what digital abuse may look like.

If you need support please call the National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership with Women’s Aid and Refuge) on 0808 2000 247.

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