Dear Editor

AT THE NSPCC we were extremely disappointed to learn the government decided not to recognise children who grow up in abusive households as victims of domestic abuse in their own right when it published its recent Domestic Abuse Bill.

By failing to recognise these children as victims under the law, the government is missing a crucial opportunity to provide young people with an extra layer of protection.

In Gloucestershire, there were 4,574 children living with domestic abuse last year, children who will not be recognised as victims despite their traumatic experiences.

Their experiences not only have a short-term impact on their lives, but potential long-term effects too.

We want all children who are dealing with domestic abuse to know they are not alone, and that they do have the access to appropriate support to aid their recovery.

Adults concerned about a child living with domestic abuse can contact the NSPCC Helpline confidentially for advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or email

Yours sincerely

Sharon Copsey

Regional Head of Service in the South West