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Domestic violence can cause children to be violent

A NSPCC survey has found a clear link between children witnessing violence at home and a child’s bad behaviour.

The survey claims that child that sees violence at home is twice as likely to take drugs, commit crime or seriously hurt someone.

Swain & Co.’s specialist family lawyers are not surprised by this statistic. It is the age old nature versus nurture scenario. A child is not necessarily born ‘bad’ but often is a product of childhood experiences.

If a child sees one parent hurting another, they may think that this is perfectly reasonable behaviour and exhibit it themselves.

Domestic violence seriously affects the victim to the violence, but it has further reaching damage to children within the household. The trauma a child suffers from just witnessing violence in the home, can affect their behaviour.

Early intervention is needed to protect children as well as the parent that is subject to domestic violence. The government needs to let families know what resources are available and the help that is out there.

Swain & Co. have a 24hour emergency contact number that you can ring or text anytime if you are a victim of domestic violence. And domestic violence can be mental harm as well as physical.

Emergency action can mean obtaining your instructions and going to Court the same day whether to protect you and your family or to seek an Order that your partner must leave your home immediately.

In some circumstances we can take this action without prior warning to your partner.  We provide a 24 hour helpline or text us and we will telephone you back to provide emergency help.  Alternatively drop in to our 3-5 South Street Office (Havant) to see one of our team.  There is no need to make an appointment.

Legal Aid is available for emergency action.

Call us on 02392 492 967

OR call/text the emergency line on 07435 969798

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