10 Jan NSPCC demands children in homes with domestic abuse be recognised as victims
The NSPCC is calling on the government to recognise the 6,091 children living with domestic abuse in Essex as victims under law.
The government will miss an opportunity to protect children from the effects of domestic abuse if it ignores calls to recognise them as victims in their own right, the charity has said.
The Government’s proposed new definition of domestic abuse ignores the effect growing up in abusive households has on children, despite it being a factor in more than half of child protection assessments across England last year.
The children’s charity is urging the Government to publish its Domestic Violence and Abuse White Paper without delay and recognise children as victims in its domestic abuse laws.
A consultation closed last May but the government have yet to publish the outcome.*
The NSPCC received 7,377 contacts to its Helpline from members of the public concerned about children in domestic abuse situations in 2017/18.