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Some of the biggest victims of domestic abuse are the smallest.

West Yorkshire Police (WYP) are championing a campaign highlighting the effects that domestic abuse can have on children, and are subsequently urging parents to seek help to end this never-ending cycle.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about the fact that children may become indirect victims of domestic abuse. According to Superintendent Jon Morgan, Head of WYP’s Safeguarding Central Governance Unit, children who witness domestic abuse are more likely to become drug users, get involved in violent relationships, suffer in their education and health and commit criminal offences during their youth.

Research suggests that children witness around three quarters of all domestic abuse incidents, therefore WYP are urging parents to consider the true impact an incident may have on a child when filing a report against a perpetrator of domestic abuse.

WYP are keen to see a noticeable reduction in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) following the introduction of this new campaign, through raising awareness and highlighting the impact that domestic abuse incidents can have on children. ACE’s can be stressful events and can arise from either witnessing, or being subject to, domestic abuse, whether it be in a physical, sexual or emotional form.

If an individual wishes to report an incident of abuse, but would prefer not to approach the Police directly, there are many other organisations and charities providing guidance and support. These include Broken Rainbow, Victims Support, Women’s Aid, NSPCC and the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline; although in immediate danger it is highly recommended that you always call 999.

If you require any advice or assistance in relation to domestic abuse incidents, please get in touch with our dedicated Family team here at Ramsdens. The team can provide the reassurance and help you may need, and can connect you with a number of different support agencies in the local area.

If you would like to speak with a member of our Family team, please call us on 08000 147720, or send us an email to book a free information session at any of our offices across Yorkshire.