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. 

Digital stalking

Stalking can take many different forms and for many people may be a problem they associate with abuse that takes place between adults. However, like adult relationships, power and control of one young person over another can also occur between young people and have just as harmful effects.

Women’s Aid has teamed up with national stalking charity Network for Surviving Stalking to launch a practical guide for victims of stalking. Digital stalking: a guide to technology is an important resource for all stalking victims, including survivors of domestic violence who are being stalked by an ex-partner, but elements of the guidance may also be helpful when thinking about young people’s experiences. It explains the wide range of technological risks for those being stalked, including use of spyware on personal computers, tracking devices on mobile phones and tracking of information through social networking sites.

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