Children's experience of domestic violence

The voices of children who experience domestic violence often go unheard. This video, produced by the University of Northampton team, offers a glimpse into the lives of children who have experienced domestic violence, using children’s own stories, photos and drawings. Children who experience domestic violence need to be heard.

(All the voices of young people are those of actors)

This video was produced by Il Meridiano, in Puglia, Italy. It explores the art and photographs produced by children involved with the project. 

The UNARS Research Project

In this project, we want to understand how young people experience living with violence in the home. We are particularly interested in understanding how children and young people cope during and after living in situations of violence, what helps them get through difficult times, and where they think support might come from.

The project is running in four countries; Italy, Greece, Spain and the United Kingdom. In each of these countries we are speaking to 20 children and young people between the ages of 8-19 years, who have experienced violence in their homes. Speaking to children who have experienced violence will help us to design a programme aimed at helping other young people to better cope and manage difficult situations.

Most previous research has looked at domestic violence from an adult perspective, but we think it’s really important to understand what it’s like for children to live in homes where there is violence, and what kinds of things they do to help themselves and their family members during and after living in those circumstances.

Children and young people we interview are also being invited to take part in a photographic project called ‘Photovoice’. This involves children taking photographs and writing stories about their lives, how they think they’ve been affected by violence and who and what helped them to cope. The young people involved in this aspect of the project will work together collaboratively to develop and organise community exhibitions of their photographic work. The photographic exhibition will be on public display and will help people in the communities we are working in to understand how young people experience living with violence.

If you are currently or have previously experienced violence and would like some support, please contact the following organisations:

Regional & National Support Services for Young People


Ask Normen

NORMEN, the Northamptonshire Mental Health Gateway. 

This site is for everyone with an interest in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people in Northamptonshire.


Women’s Aid

Support, advice and programmes for male and female young people, and carers.

Freephone 24hour National domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247

Website: http//



If you require urgent support, contact Samaritans

Phone: 08457 909090



Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge (now rebranded as EVE)

Support, advice, refuge and programmes for families who have experienced domestic abuse

Office: 01604 230588

Refuge Referrals: 01604 230311




The Lowdown Northampton

The Lowdown offers a free, confidential Counselling service to young people aged 12-25 years.

Helpline: 01604 622223

General Enquiries: 01604 634385




Service Six

Service Six currently offers a free, confidential youth counselling service in Northampton, Wellingborough, East Northants, Daventry, South Northants.

Counselling Team: 07780 998905

General Enquiries: 01933 226602


Email Counselling Team:

Email General Enquiries:      


Time 2 Talk

Time2Talk offers free information and counselling services for young people aged 13 – 25 in Daventry and South Northamptonshire.

Phone: 01327 706706

Text: 07765 210869



Kettering Youth Information Service

(Covering Kettering & Corby)

Kettering Youth Information Service offers support, information and counselling to young people aged 10-25 years.

Phone: 01536 510089

Website:   (their website is currently under construction)