Children and young people

Domestic abuse can be very upsetting and confusing for children and young people who may feel guilty and to blame for what has happened in their family. Domestic abuse is never the fault of the child or the adult being harmed. The only person responsible is the one doing the hurting.


Domestic abuse can be harmful to children and leave them with all kinds of difficult and uncomfortable feelings, even when the domestic abuse has stopped. This is why we provide a range of services to help children and young people talk about their feelings and to feel safer.


Domestic abuse doesn’t just harm women, children and young people. It can harm the relationship between mums and their children too. Our Stronger Families programme in Nottingham and Hands Are Not For Hurting programme in South Nottinghamshire can support mums and children to rebuild their relationship and recover from the harm of domestic abuse. 


Over recent years, we have come to recognise that teenagers can experience abuse in their own boyfriend or girlfriend relationships and so we also have services for teenagers in this situation.


Our services include:


Children and young people one to one and group support  

Where: Ashfield, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe

We provide one to one and group support for children and young people age 5 to 16 years who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence and abuse in their family.


We can deliver flexible support sessions in schools, youth and community centres, SureStart centres and in the family home.  

A trained and qualified worker will help children to

  • understand that the domestic violence and abuse is not their fault
  • express and explore their feelings
  • learn how to keep themselves safe
  • learn about healthy relationships
  • build self-esteem and resilience
  • reduce social isolation


One to one support is available for up to 12 one hour sessions for children and young people aged 5 to16 years.


Groups will run for between 4 and 8 weeks and include activities that are creative and enjoyable for children.



For more information or to make a referral

Please get in touch with our Duty Desk which is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  




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WAIS contact numbers:
Helpline: 0808 800 0340
Referrals: 0115 947 6490
Office: 0115 947 5257