The York and North Yorkshire Domestic Abuse estimated that this number represents only 30% of incidents that actually occur.
Relate is a new service that offers free one-to-one counselling for 40 young people every year. It will operate in three separate locations across Yorkshire, including York, Harrogate and Selby, starting from October.
Penny Smith, who works with the Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) in York explained how witnessing abusive behaviour can have serious effects on children: “We can be looking at jealous, controlling behaviour and lots of insecurity in relationships. Getting into risky relationships, perhaps getting into relationships with people much older than themselves.”
She went on to list drugs, alcohol and anti-social behaviour as other possible effects of having violent parents.
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