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Impact of Domestic Abuse on Young People - Extra-Familial Harm

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2.5hr Workshop - ideal if you've completed our 'Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children' and are new to the area of Extra-Familial Harm.

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Sessions are currently funded by Essex Community Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Children are impacted by domestic abuse in the home in a number of different ways both psychologically and physically. The signs are often subtle and for those around them, considering that they may be living in an abusive home, has never entered their mind. When we aren’t able to pick up on the subtle signs, the abuse continues, resulting in extreme trauma and neglect for many children who are living in a ‘state of red alert’ every day. This fear, vulnerability and exhaustion leads them to be at risk of significant harm outside the home as well as inside the home.

Extra-Familial is a term used to describe something that occurs outside of the family or home. It refers to the different harms, risks and threats that children may face outside of their family and the home. These include gangs, county lines, radicalisation, harmful sexual behaviours, child exploitation, online grooming and child trafficking as well as criminal activity and cycle of violence. There is a strong victim/perpetrator overlap where children become embroiled in these different areas as both victims and perpetrators as part of their underlying need to survive and get through each day.

This workshop explores the correlation with children that have experienced domestic abuse in the home and their subsequent vulnerability to extra-familial harm outside the home. The workshop explores different types of extra-familial harm and how we can spot the signs and reach out safely and effectively in order to support and guide them to place free of abuse, wherever it is occurring.

This Workshop forms part of a suite of online workshops that are designed to bridge the gap in understanding around domestic abuse and its impact. It forms part of Alpha Vesta’s Foundation and Mission Statement of ‘Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse through Awareness, Prevention and Safe and Early Intervention through the Workplace’.

This workshop has been co-written by Lucy Whittaker and Natalie Queiroz, Survivor of Domestic Abuse and Qualified Gangs Expert.

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Alpha Vesta CIC provide training and consultancy in domestic abuse for businesses and organisations across Essex.  In the UK, the Home Office calculates the national costs of domestic abuse as £66 billion including police, criminal justice system, social care, health and mental health sector costs as well as to the economy.   With 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men affected by domestic abuse at some point during their adult life and 1/3 of all violent crime in Essex being domestic related, the impact is widespread across communities and impacts directly in the workplace.  Victims and their children live in fear of what the next day will bring and their family and friends often struggle to understand why their loved one doesn’t ‘just leave’.

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