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Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board

Domestic abuse

Last updated: 16/11/2020

‘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 Some children may become withdrawn and find it difficult to communicate.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 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 and training courses can be found on the Bracknell Forest Council website together with resources for practitioners.

Help for victims of domestic abuse (or those looking for further advice) is on Bracknell Forest Council’s web pages about stopping domestic abuse.

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, 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. 

The NSPCC provides research and resources in respect of domestic use including an evaluation of the Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART) service which seeks to help mothers rebuild relationships with their children after domestic abuse. The report provides evidence about what helps to reduce the impact of domestic abuse on the relationships between mothers and children.