Campaign launched to protect children from domestic abuse
Domestic abuse affects children too
Wakefield Council has launched a campaign to highlight the effect domestic abuse has on children.
As many as 275million children worldwide are exposed to domestic abuse in the home and even if it isn't directed towards them, it doesn't mean they don't get hurt.
In relationships where there is domestic abuse, children witness about three-quarters of the incidents and about half of them suffer physical abuse.
A child's mental and emotional development can also be affected if they are exposed to domestic abuse in the home.
The effects of witnessing domestic abuse can be both short and long-term, with those children more likely to experience domestic abuse as an adult.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Unfortunately some of the biggest victims of domestic abuse are children and home is not a safe place for many in our district.
"We want to make people aware of the powerful impact it can have on the lives of children and their hopes for the future. You and your children do not have to live in fear, help is available."
Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young people, said: "The impact on children who are exposed to domestic abuse in the home is huge, particularly on their mental health, and is something which will stay with them forever.
"That's why this campaign is so important, to raise awareness and make sure we can help those children as soon as possible and give them hope for the future."
Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/domesticabuse for support and information or call 0800 915 1561.