How we can help Helping Parents and Families Domestic abuse Domestic abuse 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 4 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. Here is Sophie’s story, a mother who was helped by DARE: We came to DARE five years after I got out of an abusive relationship. My son was beginning to struggle with life and I could see that whatever I tried to do, it wasn’t helping him. Our relationship was starting to break down and I could see him getting angrier. By the end of the week at DARE, he was a completely different boy. I was amazed at the change in him. He was happy and talking openly about everything that had gone on in the past. The care and support we received after the programme embedded everything we had learnt into our everyday life. 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 wellbeing 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, ring 0191 272 7824 or click here for more advice.