Children and Family Services


Witnessing domestic abuse can be distressing and scary and could impact some children and young people well into adulthood. Children who live in families where there is violence can suffer serious long-term emotional damage.

Domestic abuse can happen in any relationship regardless of age. Young people can experience abuse in their own intimate relationships.

The YOU First children and families team work alongside the non-abusing parent to help each individual come to terms with their experiences. This may include:

  • Bespoke groups for children
  • A safe space for children and young people to talk
  • Play/art workshops
  • Healthy relationship education workshops
  • Support for young people who are experiencing intimate teen violence
  • Parenting support to the non-abusing parent or referral to parenting groups
  • Working with the whole family where child-parent violence is present
  • Individual support in the community or refuge setting
  • Advocacy when attending meetings
  • Support to attend child-focused meetings
  • Support to find alternative education
  • Safeguarding support working in partnership with statutory teams
  • Access to health visitors, midwives, GP practices
For further information please contact:

YOU First Hampshire Integrated Stalking, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service

Telephone: 0330 016 5112



YOU First Dorset Integrated Stalking, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service

Telephone: 0800 032 5204