We all want our children to grow up safely, to live without fear and to be protected and cared for when life is cruel. But kids living in or who have been taken out of domestic abuse situations are far from safe.
It’s not fair, it’s not their fault and the Government has the power to change it.
Even if children aren’t direct victims, they are indirectly experiencing domestic abuse if it is happening in their home.
Sadly, every day Barnardos sees the huge impact this has. Living in an abusive environment leaves a massive emotional scar on a child. It can manifest itself in deep anxiety or aggressive outbursts, and can impact on their health, schooling, peer relationships and other developmental aspects.
It is, simply, a form of child abuse.
Even if they don’t live with them, an abuser often uses access rights to their children to continue abusing the other parent - and children are caught in the crossfire.
It’s not fair and it’s not their fault. It’s also not the way things need to be. The Government could change it easily. Very soon Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald will bring forward new legislation on domestic violence and it could contain the badly needed protections children need. Help ensure it does by adding your voice to our call.
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If you have been affected by domestic abuse or want to find out more about the services available please contact Women's Aid Ireland or Safe Ireland: