What should I do about domestic abuse?

What should I do about domestic abuse?

Posted on May 04, 2016

Domestic Abuse



What should I do about domestic abuse?

In the last couple of weeks we’ve looked at the 5 forms of domestic abuse and also how to spot the signs. But what should be done about it?



If you have suspicions about someone aged 18+ experiencing domestic abuse, the best thing you can do is let them know that you’re there for them – tell them you’re concerned and ensure that you’re constantly supportive. Being there for them will make a huge difference to them.

Respect any wishes for confidentiality and try not to pressure a victim to leave their relationship, or try to make any decisions on their behalf.

This is really important. If the person feels supported and encouraged, they may feel stronger and more able to make decisions, whereas if they feel judged or criticised they may close up and never speak about what they’re going through again.

Help the victim to recognise the abuse is not their fault and that everyone deserves a non-violent and healthy relationship.


Other things you can do to help someone experiencing domestic abuse include:


  • offering to take or accompany them to seek help (medical or otherwise)
  • helping them to make emergency safety plans (places to go or things to take)
  • advising them who to contact or where to go to get help.



Unfortunately, much domestic abuse is witnessed by children.

Exposing anyone under the age of 18 to domestic violence and abuse is child abuse. Therefore, the child protection and safeguarding policy and procedures in your setting apply.

It isn’t your duty to investigate concerns but be sure to report any to the person responsible for safeguarding in your organisation.

For detailed guidance and good practice around reporting concerns or disclosures related to children, see flick’s child protection course.

If you suspect that a child or young person is living in an environment of domestic abuse – although you shouldn’t attempt to investigate – it’s important to let them know that you are there to talk to them about it when they are ready to do so.


Let them know:


  • that the abuse is not okay and isn’t their fault
  • you’re sorry that they’ve witnessed or experienced it
  • they can talk about their feelings to you
  • there is nothing they could have done to prevent it
  • that violence isn’t a normal or acceptable reaction to take

Whether it is regarding a child or adult, never intervene, seek to mediate or suggest confronting a suspected abuser.

Call the police if you witness or hear assaults and if a situation is urgent, always dial 999.

For non-emergencies, call 101 to report an incident.


Train your staff

You can train your staff to be aware of the signs of domestic abuse and how to respond to any disclosures with flick learning.

Why not sign up today and get all your staff trained with flick learning's level 2 domestic abuse training?.


buy flick's domestic abuse training today


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