Phone the National Domestic Abuse Helpline
FREE 24 HOURS A DAY.
0808 2000 247
Your partner might say that if you leave:
- you'll never cope on your own
- you won't keep the kids
- you'll have no money
- nobody will help you
- you'll get sent "back home"
- your family will disown you
- you'll lose everything
- the community will shun you
It's not true.
People can help.
Other people have gone before you and they have escaped.
You are not alone.
Many people don't realise the effect that living in a house with an abusive parent can have on a child. People think that as long as the child doesn't get hurt, there is no impact on them. Sadly, this is not the case. Living in a house with Domestic Abuse leaves children with a host of problems, including behaviour difficulties, anxiety, depression, friendship problems, low self-esteem, and general ill-health.
At St John's, we teach children to treat others with respect and kindness. Children who hurt others are spoken to and given a consequence. We do not tolerate abusive behaviour. However, statistics about the number of children that go home and see one of their parents abusing the other are frightening.
When children see a parent being shouted at, humiliated or physically hurt, it damages them. In fact, abusing someone when you have children in the house, is actually a form of child abuse.
St John's is a Church School and we believe that everyone is loved by God. That means it is our duty to care for everyone. If you are frightened at home and don't know who to talk to, then talk to us. We have lots of experience in supporting parents through escaping Domestic Abuse.