Violence needs to stop. All of us – men and women – need to speak up and teach our children that violence is never the solution. Together we can all make a difference. The best place to start is with yourself.
“Living in a house where domestic violence goes on every day never feels like home. You don’t have to suffer in silence. I’m giving my full support to this website as it will give proper and practical advice about what to do if you feel afraid. Remember, you’re not alone.”
“Believe in yourself and be proud of who you are. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. There is beauty in everyone and no one should stop you from growing into a confident and strong young person.”
“To all those young people experiencing violence within the family home – you’re not alone. The Hideout is a great place to start finding help and support.”
Dick and Dom
“It can be really frightening for young people to see their parents fighting. Remember, you’re not alone and there are people out there who can support you.”
“I admire the strength and courage of all young people faced with difficult situations in life. You are an inspiration to me and so many people around you, as you overcome challenges and come out of it stronger.”
“I’ve written about domestic violence in my book, Lola Rose and it’s a great relief to know that terrified children like Jayni, my fictional heroine can use the special website and find support and comfort.”
“Children are amazing. Believe in yourself and stay strong. And remember that there are people out there who can help you when things get tough.”
“It’s shocking that so many children still live in fear as a result of violence in the home, and don’t know who to turn to for help and support.
As a child survivor of domestic violence I can remember the fear and isolation. I’m delighted to support the Hideout, the new Women’s Aid website for children and young people. I know it could have made a real difference to me and will provide great comfort and support to thousands of children.”
“When you’re trapped in an abusive home environment you can feel completely hopeless and lost. Remember that situations can change with time, and that it won’t be this way forever.”
“The Hideout is here to help you get through today and tomorrow. Be brave. It’s not your fault. Remember, the road will get smoother and there is always hope that tomorrow will be better.”
“Unfortunately, many children throughout the UK witness violence in the family home. Let’s stand up for those children. Domestic violence needs to stop.”
Sean Wright Phillips
“We really support The Hideout. It’s great that children have some help to get away from violence at home. This website would be a great help for young children who think there is no one there listening to them.”
“Domestic abuse takes many forms, it can be physical, sexual or mental. In Hollyoaks, my character Amy faced this in her relationship with Ste and I know from this storyline why it can be difficult to leave an abusive relationship.
If domestic violence is affecting your life in any way, you can go to www.thehideout.org.uk for support and information. The important thing to remember is that there is also someone willing to listen so don’t suffer in silence.”
Ashley Slanina-Davies who plays Amy in Hollyoaks
“Domestic violence affects many young people, whether in their relationships with each other or if they have grown up with violence in their homes. From playing Ste on Hollyoaks I can imagine how frightening it would be to have him as a boyfriend. Violence and bullying in relationships is always unacceptable. Everyone should Expect Respect in all of their relationships, and not only expect to be respected but to give respect to others as well.”
Kieron Richardson who plays Ste in Hollyoaks
“My mother was abused by my father until I was 13 years old. At the time, I didn’t know what I could do or who I could turn to. Even though both my parents loved me, it was an unhealthy situation.
I promised myself that if I ever had the chance to speak out and reach people, I’d help get the word out about domestic violence and let people know that help is available….
When I was in school, they didn’t talk about teens experiencing dating or domestic violence. It’s a problem, because kids might not realize they’re in an unhealthy relationship—they might not see the warning signs early on… Everybody deserves a healthy relationship. If you’re being abused, don’t be afraid to tell someone you trust and get help.”