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Thousands of children living with domestic abuse in Suffolk

The NSPCC is calling on the Government to recognise children as victims of domestic abuse under law.

It comes after figures from the Department for Education show domestic violence was a factor in 246,720 child protection assessments across England last 2017/18. In Suffolk 2,704 children were affected.

 

The move would help children at risk get the proper support they need.

 

Almudena Lara, Head of Policy at the NSPCC, said: "It is quite astonishing that the government is dragging its feet when deciding whether to recognise young people as victims when almost a quarter of a million children that we know of are living with domestic abuse in England alone.

 

"As well as the day-to-day distress that living with domestic abuse creates, it can cause long-term problems into adulthood that can only be addressed through targeted services that understand the complex trauma children living with domestic abuse experience.

 

“For this to be done effectively we need government to open their eyes to the harm domestic abuse has on children and give them victim status in the upcoming White Paper to ensure they receive the services they need.”

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