Children affected by domestic abuse

I'm a child who needs help

If you're a child or young person living with violence at home, you're not alone.

There are many others in your situation and help is available.

It’s important to remember that the abuse is not your fault. There are many abusive relationships that don’t include children or young people.

Information, advice and counselling

  • Kooth - online counselling and support for young people.
  • Childline - a free, 24-hour confidential helpline for children and young people who need to talk. Trained counsellors are there to provide support and advice about any problem that’s on your mind.
  • The Hideout - a website for children and young people to help you understand domestic violence and abuse and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you.
  • School nursing service - provides confidential advice face to face and by text message.
  • #Thrive - child and adolescent mental health service.
  • Many schools and academies are able to help and support children and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse within the school. For further information, please ask your class or form teacher.
  • NSPCC - a national charity providing helping and support on many difficulties children and young people are faced with.
  • LoveRespect - advice about relationships and abuse for young people.

Support services

  • Home-Start: home visits to provide support to parents in various situations - for example, isolation, addressing child's health needs, healthy eating, signposting for children and adults, autism support for parents and siblings - 01706 629651.
  • Talk English Project - for people with low levels of English to help improve their language skills, access service and get more involved in the community.
  • Rochdale & District Mind - mental health support.
  • Early Break - drug and alcohol support service for under 18s.
  • The Sunrise Team - support for young people who've experienced child sexual exploitation.