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Safety in relationships

Domestic abuse can occur in many families and relationships, and doesn’t just affect adults, it affects children too. Controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse can occur in any relationship, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or economic status.

Who can help me?

What you can do

Children affected by domestic abuse may suffer long term psychological effects and may require specialist support. If you suspect a child is suffering with domestic abuse this should be immediately reported to Slough Children First or 01753 875362.

You can contact the Family Information Service on 01753 476589 or email FIS@slough.gov.uk for help and signposting to local and national services.

In addition, the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Free phone Helpline on 0808 2000 247 also offers telephone translation services for callers whose first language is not English and BT Type talk for callers with hearing difficulties. This helpline provides support and the opportunity to access refuge services.

Further information can be found on the NSPCC website including tools and guidance for parents and families.

Slough Family Information Service website provides information on various support services and signposts to related services.

Peer on peer abuse:

Children can abuse other children. This is generally referred to as peer on peer abuse and can take many forms. This can include (but is not limited to) bullying (including cyberbullying); sexual violence and sexual harassment; physical abuse such as hitting, kicking, shaking, biting, hair pulling, or otherwise causing physical harm; sexting and initiating/hazing type violence and rituals. Safeguarding Network explains how to spot the signs and symptoms.