Domestic abuse and violence can happen to anyone but is often excused or denied, especially when the abuse is emotional rather than physical. Domestic abuse survivors often have to deal with the negative effects of physical, mental, and emotional abuse. For some survivors it can take a long time to adjust and find resolution to what they have experienced.

We are here to help parents and children who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.

Domestic Abuse, Recovery and Education (DARE) – This is a programme to help children from four years old and you, their parent or carer, to move beyond the violence and abuse that you have been subjected to and witnessed. DARE helps you and your child understand the impact of abuse on your lives, and your child or children’s development. It will help to build your family’s confidence and self-esteem to move on from the abuse you have experienced.

Sophie came to the DARE Project five years after she got out of an abusive relationship and her son was struggling.

He confused upset with anger and lashed out because of that.  The course helped him understand the difference in ways that I hadn’t been able to. By the end of the week, he was a completely different boy. 

Read Sophie's full story 

Caring Dads – This programme is all about recognising the important role you play, as a father or male carer, in your children’s lives.  We will help you to understand how your behaviour at home can have a long term effect on the health and well-being of your children and family.  We help you to understand how domestic abuse and relationship issues can impact on your children and how this can be seen and unseen in the home.  Through the weekly sessions you will support other fathers and male carers in a similar situation and work together.  The ultimate aim of this programme is to help you improve your relationship with your children and create a positive family life.

Here is one Dad’s experience of the Caring Dads programme

Without this programme I wouldn’t have changed anything in my life. This programme has had a massive impact on the way I treat my child(ren) and wife. Having a chance to talk safely and openly.

We do offer these services free of charge in some areas, so please contact us to find out if you are eligible.

To find out more use our contact us form or ring 0191 272 7824.

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