‘The physical, psychological and emotional effects of domestic violence on children can be severe and long-lasting. Some children may become withdrawn and find it difficult to communicate. Others may act out the aggression they have witnessed, or blame themselves for the abuse. All children living with abuse are under stress.’ (Refuge, 2014)
The Bracknell Forest inter-disciplinary Domestic Abuse Forum seeks to identify and promote good practice aimed at reducing the level of domestic abuse across the borough. Information on the work of the forum can be found on the Bracknell Forest Council website together with a practitioner’s guide to domestic abuse which provides information and contact details for support agencies.
In addition, details of the training available to support staff and volunteers in using the guidance provided can be found on our the LSCB’s training page.
A quarterly domestic abuse newsletter is also produced, which contains up-to-date local and national information. Help for victims of domestic abuse (or those looking for further advice) is on Bracknell Forest Council’s web pages about stopping domestic abuse.
Further information about the impact of domestic abuse can be found in the domestic abuse section of our domestic abuse links and publications page.
As with all dilemmas in respect of safeguarding children and young people, concerns can never be shared too early and making contact with your line manager/agencies lead officers, the CAF Coordinator or directly with Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care department will help you establish an appropriate response.
There is a website, run by the Ministry of Defence, for victims of Domestic Abuse in the armed forces and for professionals supporting these victims. There is also a practitioner handbook which contains useful information for dealing with domestic abuse cases involving armed forces personnel.
The NSPCC provides information of a recent evaluation of the Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART) service which seeks to help mothers rebuild relationships with their children after domestic abuse.