Supporting the next generation

Derbyshire WISH offer a dedicated children’s service, providing targeted support to children who’ve experienced domestic abuse.

Our dedicated children’s workers support children aged 4 – 18 years old in refuges and out in the community.

Children are supported to work through what they’ve experienced and understand that it’s not their fault. They’re taught what a healthy relationship is.

Ultimately, we want to live in a world where people, especially children, aren’t living in fear.

Domestic abuse happens behind closed doors because it’s not talked about. Children learn at a very young age to not talk about what goes on at home. Our children’s workers help them to realise that they can and should talk about what they’ve witnessed.

During face to face sessions in school, or another safe space, children are taught to understand the impact of domestic abuse. This helps them to feel safe, believed and understood.

By understanding that what they’ve witnessed is wrong, we can work to end the cycle of abuse.

Getting support

Children can be referred to Derbyshire WISH even if their parents or guardians aren’t being supported by them. Referrals can be completed by social workers or local schools.

Call the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Line on 0800 019 8668 to find out how to get support.

For all others areas, call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 200 0247 for advice.