New service to help protect children from Domestic Violence

Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid (BCWA) has been commissioned to provide a specialist service to help keep young people safe from domestic abuse.

The service, for six- to 12-year-olds, will be offered to the children of those participating in the borough’s perpetrator programme, Drive.

Croydon is the only London council to pilot Drive – an intensive intervention plan that aims to ensure the safety of survivors and their families by reducing and preventing high-harm perpetrators of domestic abuse reoffending.understanding of who they can trust and talk to about what they are experiencing at home, and who to contact – inside and outside of the family – if they are feeling unsafe.

The sessions will also look at improving the children’s wellbeing by reducing their stress, increasing their self-esteem and improving their physical and mental well-being.