ACP Chair, Heather Stewart, had a letter printed in the Evening Standard, welcoming Rosamund Urwin’s timely reminder of the plight of women in abusive relationships and the lack of response [“State is failing victims of domestic violence”, Comment, November 24]. She highlights the importance of not forgetting children in these relationships. She writes about the number of referrals to mental health services increasing, for children who have witnessed and been caught up in domestic violence.
The impact on children’s mental health and developmental wellbeing must not be underestimated, she says. Early trauma can take years to treat and often requires psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Children must first be placed in a secure setting free from the terror of witnessing attacks.
Read the full letter here