I have children
Living with domestic and family violence makes parenting hard. Having children raises new issues and questions about domestic and family violence. As a parent you might be trying to work out what’s best for the wellbeing of your child/children. You might be concerned about taking them away from their home or school or about taking them away from their father. You might worry that you won’t be able to protect the children if you separate. You might also fear that your children will be removed from you if you report the violence.
It is quite often the case that men abuse their partners but not their children. However even if children are not the targets of domestic and family violence it is not healthy for them to grow up in a “climate of fear” and research shows that the effects of domestic violence can last for many years, particularly when other disadvantages such as isolation, poverty, school situation are present.
Growing up in a violent home impacts on children in a number of ways, depending on their age, gender, emotional closeness to the parents, and the nature and severity of the violence
Further information on the impact of domestic and family violence on children and your options is available through the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Community Services) website.
Whether you are thinking about leaving your partner, have left your partner or plan to stay with him, there are services available for you and your children. Keep in mind that it is always the violent perpetrator who is at fault and that many women with children before you have experienced and recovered from domestic violence.
Please check our Services page for organisations that can assist you.