The Be a Lover not a Fighter campaign is re-launching this week to link in with St. Valentine’s Day. This year the focus is on highlighting the impact of domestic abuse on children.
One in three women, and one in six men have suffered domestic abuse – 90% is witnessed by children.
It’s not just physical violence, abuse can be emotional too, like threats and controlling behaviour. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone.
Children who see or suffer domestic abuse are often the forgotten victims. It can seriously affect their physical, emotional and mental health, as well as their behaviour, education and future job prospects. It also increases their risk of suicide, self harm and becoming a victim or a perpetrator of domestic abuse themselves.
For children, the scars can last a lifetime!