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Children exposed to domestic violence | How to help them?

It's hard to remain insensitive to domestic violence, especially when it can affect so many children. Well, when a problem affects us, the best thing to do is to take action. But how do we take action when we are outside the situation?

Here are some tips to help you help a child exposed to domestic violence:

  • Ending Exposure to Violence: Under the Child Protection Act, a child exposed to domestic violence in the family is considered a victim, whether or not the child is directly affected by the violence. Exposure to violence is considered child abuse.


  • Contact the DYP if a child confides in you that there is domestic violence in the family: Taking a child out of a situation of domestic violence is essential, among other things, for his personal development. By contacting the DYP, you can remain anonymous. DYP: 514-896-3100


  • Understand the possible effects of domestic violence on children: Domestic violence can affect children by causing behavioral problems, as well as physical and psychological damage. For example, children may repeat verbally abusive words, throw objects, hit, have difficulty respecting the authority of the abused parent, feel fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, believe they are guilty, etc.


  • Providing resources to the victimized parent: All resources can be obtained through Sos violence conjugale, such as access to housing and employment resources.


  • Give the child a chance to talk about what he or she is experiencing: It is important that the child be able to express what he or she is feeling without judgment. Although some things may be difficult to hear, it is best to be empathetic. Never belittle a parent in front of their child, as this will not help the child feel better at all. On the contrary, they may not want to open up to you in the future.


  • Helping children to have happiness in their lives: It is important that children have time to take their mind off things and learn healthy ways to deal with stress. Playing sports, seeing friends, or taking up a hobby they enjoy (drawing, music, etc.) can help a child feel better.

Finally, if you find yourself faced with a child who needs your help, know that you may be his only option to get out of it, so don't hesitate to do everything in your power to help him. And hopefully these tips will help you help a child who is exposed to domestic violence if you ever come across one.

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