Domestic abuse or domestic violence is defined as any incident of controlling, coercive or
threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have
been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality.
These can include: Physical, Psychological, Sexual, Financial and Emotional Abuse.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimates that two million adults aged between
16 to 59 years old experienced domestic abuse (end of March 2018). Police recorded 599,549,
domestic abuse-related crimes in the same year. The ONS is showing an increase in reporting
domestic abuse incidents to the Police. Professionals should always be aware that domestic
abuse largely goes underreported.
One consistent finding is that there is a higher level of domestic abuse when women are pregnant.
The Women’s Aid estimates that 14.2% of children under the age of 0-18 years of age would have
witness domestic abuse at some point in their lives. This would equate to 7,128 children in Tameside.
Impact on Children
Children and Young People who are living within domestic violence households are at an increased
risk of experiencing emotional, physical and sexual abuse and of developing emotional and
There isn’t a direct causal pathway from witnessing domestic abuse to a particular outcome.
One difficulty is domestic abuse doesn’t happen in isolation, so children witness domestic
abuse might also being abused themselves.
It is important for professionals working with children who witness domestic abuse to
understand the individual situations from the child’s perspective.
Cover Your Tracks
Women’s aid provides an article on how to cover your tracks.
A project between Police and Schools to support children who have witnessed domestic abuse.
Learning From Serious Cases Reviews
The NSPCC produces learning from serious case reviews with common themes. Domestic abuse is one of the themes.
Mentally Healthy Schools
Mentally Healthy schools provides advice for schools.
Support for Families
There are lots of websites and helplines set up to support families who are experiencing domestic abuse.
A national 24/7 help line provided by Refuge on 0808 2000 247
Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline
Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline 0161 636 7525 or visit
End the Fear
End the Fear is a Greater Manchester project that supports people who are experiencing
domestic abuse or sexual violence.
Male Advice Line
If you are a male experiencing domestic violence there is a helpline 0808 8010327 (working hours only) or
The National Centre for Domestic Violence
The National Centre for Domestic Violence call 0800 970 2070 or visit