Domestic abuse is not only traumatic for the victim, but can have an incredibly detrimental effect on witnesses or those who have overheard it or seen the aftereffects, many of whom are inevitably children in the home.

Research shows that children who experience domestic abuse are significantly more likely to suffer from emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties than those who do not, and that the impact can last into adulthood. These difficulties may include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, aggression, nightmares, bedwetting, sleep problems, self-harm and low self-esteem.