Children and young people living in a abusive household respond in very different ways.  They experience domestic abuse, not just witness it.  Domestic abuse at home is traumatic and children can feel frightened, insecure and confused.  They can learn to keep their feelings secret as well as their abusive home life.

Children cope with domestic abuse, and are often extremely resilient, learning lessons some may never have to learn.  However the impact can leave a long lasting footprint on the child.  The child or young person can withdraw or become compliant, others can act out.  Whatever the behaviour, children experiencing domestic abuse at home are under stress.  These stress induced behaviours could include:

  • Withdrawal
  • Bed wetting
  • Anxiety, depression, fear of abandonment
  • Problems at school
  • Tired
  • Tantrums
  • Aggression
  • Attention seeking behaviours
  • Risky behaviours
  • Constant colds, headaches and stomach aches

Domestic abuse at home can make building trusting healthy relationships with family, friends and communities difficult limiting social networks of the child.

CarmDas Services

DASH Project 

Funded by Families First, this project provides support to children and young people through providing one to one and group sessions.  

The aim is to help children and young people to understand their emotions and feelings and support them to find coping strategies.  It can help to build positive relationships between parent and child and can help parents to understand the impact of domestic abuse on their child.

Topics covered during the session are:

• Safety;
• Self-esteem; 
• Worries; 
• Managing and coping with emotions; 
• Healthy/ unhealthy relationships; 
• Promoting positive relationships and attachments; 
• Building resilience. 

CarmDas Parent and Toddler Group

The CarmDas Parent and Toddler group creates a safe space where women who have suffered from abuse have the chance to interact with other mothers who have experienced similar events while the toddlers and babies get to play together and improve motor skills.

Parent and Toddler group runs on a Thursday Morning 9:30am until 11:30am

Group Work

We provide the opportunity for children to take part in the STAR group project.  STAR provides the opportunity for young people and children to work with others of a similar age who have been affected by domestic abuse.

The aim of all sessions is to get children young people to think about their own behaviour, relationships and opinions.

The programme:
• Introduces the topic of domestic abuse/ unhealthy relationships;
• Challenges stereotypes of who experiences domestic abuse;
• Identifies the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship;
• Identifies where to get support and help.
• The programme consists of six sessions which are one hour long each