Let’s Talk (All Change)
Let’s Talk is a creative project that involves using the arts to develop innovative services for families affected by domestic violence. Let’s Talk have some good resources to encourage children to talk about their experiences and feelings, including a book of creative ideas.
Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART™)(NSPCC)
In the NSPCC’s ‘Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART™)’ groups, children and mothers can talk to each other about domestic abuse, learn to communicate and rebuild their relationship.
The service, which has been recognised by the Home Office, also provides children and mothers with an opportunity to meet others who have lived through similar experiences.
For further information: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/
A partnership of domestic abuse services providing a response in Essex.
The Hollie Gazzard Trust
The Hollie Gazzard Trust was created following the murder of 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard in 2014 by an ex-partner. The charity helps reduce domestic violence through creating and delivering programmes on domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships to schools and colleges.
In addition, the Trust funds hairdressing training for young people who may not otherwise have the funds to study – something Hollie was talented at and passionate about.
Embrace – Child Victims of Crime
Embrace works with police and safeguarding professionals to provide a range of emotional, practical, specialist and well-being support services to make a difference in brightening young people’s lives after the devastating effects of crime.
Incentive Plus is a commercial company offering a range of social, emotional, behavioural, mental health and well-being resources, including some which support those who are living with, or have lived with, domestic abuse.
Refuge provides specialist support to women, children and some men escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence.
Support for children
Protecting my children
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Website: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk (access live chat Monday – Friday, 3pm – 10pm)
Book: The Day My Daddy Lost His Temper (Dr Carol S McCleary)
Dr. Carol S. McCleary is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist from the United States and this is one book in a series intended for adults to use with children to help them verbalise their feelings.
Hideout (Women’s Aid)
A web resource for children themselves. Women’s Aid have created this space to help children understand domestic abuse and how to take positive action.
Freedom Programme is a domestic violence programme which was created by Pat Craven and evolved from her work with perpetrators of domestic violence. The programme provides information, not therapy.
Bright Sky app
Bright Sky is a mobile app and website for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else. The app can be downloaded for free via the app stores.
Launched in partnership with Vodafone, the app includes questionnaires to assess the safety of a relationship, and a section on dispelling myths around domestic and sexual abuse.
The website is focused on how to spot the signs of domestic abuse, advice on how to support someone you have concerns for, and ways to find help.
The app is available in 5 languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Polish and Welsh.
Download for android: https://play.google.com/store/
Download for iOs: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/
Supporting your child with domestic violence (Young Minds)
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school’s trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Operation Encompass Teachers’ Helpline
For FREE advice from an Education Psychologist about how best to support children affected by domestic abuse, teachers can call the Operation Encompass Teachers’ National Helpline on 0204 513 9990, available Monday to Friday, 8am-1pm.
More information here: https://www.