Here are some of the things that children and young people have said to us about domestic violence…
I couldn’t stop worrying about the violence at home. My family said it was a secret. I just wanted to be normal. Now I know domestic violence isn’t OK.
I don’t know what I would have done without my best friend. She listened to me and then helped me figure out who I could talk to and get help.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, no matter what race, ethnicity or religion you are, or how much money you have
I used to feel like the violence was my fault. They were always fighting about me. I wanted it to stop.
I used to try to stop my dad from hitting my mum. Sometimes I’d get in the middle of things when they had a fight. I was frightened, but I didn’t know what else to do.
When the shouting started my younger sisters and I would all sit on my bed together. I’d read them stories so they wouldn’t hear the noise.
I really wanted to help my mum but I didn’t know what to do…
My dad’s asked for contact with me, even though I feel scared to be alone with him. I love my dad, but I’m not sure I want to see him right now.
I really wanted to talk to my friends about the problems at home, but I was afraid they wouldn’t understand.
Feelings can be hard to talk about and it can be tough to figure out what’s making you feel a certain way.
Drinking and smoking weed only made my angry and sad feelings go away for a little while. It didn’t really solve anything. I found better ways to deal with things.