Young People & Domestic Abuse

Overview of the YUVA service

We provide a specifically tailored young peoples intervention designed to work with young people aged 11 up to 18 years, who have used or are using violence or abuse towards their parent or carer.

This service is designed to support the young person to identify their abusive behaviours and to help them learn new non-abusive alternatives to abusive behaviour.

This service also works directly with the parent or carer who is impacted by the abuse to provide support to them throughout the duration of the intervention. This intervention may be delivered in the form of 1:1 work and/or group work.

We recognise and acknowledge that there is reluctance for parents and young people to reach out for support with such issues, and recognise that parents do not want to criminalise their children, and are afraid to ask for support out of fear of being judged or deemed an unsafe parent.  We believe that young people (as well as anyone else) all have the ability to learn and change their behaviour, and our service is designed to support those undertaking this change process every step of the way.

Advice and support for young people being abusive

Being a young person with all the pressures of teenage life, and possibly difficulties at home or with friends, can be really challenging and sometimes you may find that you end up behaving in a way that is harmful and hurtful to others, and sometimes towards the people who you care for the most.

It may be that when you feel angry, hurt, or frustrated that the only way you know how to deal with this is by saying hurtful things,  swearing, shouting or throwing things, pushing or hitting your parents or carers. This may help you to manage the situation in the short-term but this type of behaviour can cause so many problems for you and your parents/carers, such as; injuries, feelings of guilt, feeling unsafe at home, being unable to concentrate, low self-esteem etc.

If you access help and support from the YUVA project then we will work with you to help and support you to look at your own behaviours which you’re not very happy with or which you feel you should change, and help you plan how to make these positive changes.

Advice for parents/ carers suffering abuse

As a parent or carer who is suffering domestic abuse from a child within your home (this is sometimes referred to as ‘parent abuse’), it can be physically and emotionally challenging. As a parent you may feel many different reactions such as; guilt, shame, and fear. It is important to remember that you have the right to support if you’re experiencing abuse from your child.  Research from the University of Brighton, suggests that potentially as many as 1 in every 10 families experience some form of parent abuse.

If you access the YUVA service our specially training practitioners will also work with you to offer you direct support. This support may be in the form of 1:1 appointments or in a support group setting. The worker will help you to understand the abuse that is happening, explore possible reasons why it may be happening, and look at strategies to help; manage, reduce, and cope with the abuse. The work with yourself will also be happening separately but at the same time that your child / or the child who is abusing you, is also engaging with support. The aim is to support the young person to make positive changes, whilst working in collaboration with your as their parent/carer and the practitioner offering the support.

Additional support- as parent or carer suffering abuse you may also wish to access the National Domestic Abuse Helpline which you can contact on Freephone number 24 hours a day- 0808 2000 247 or can access via their website on www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk.

Referral Criterial and who can refer:

Referral Criteria:

  • Child or young person between the ages of 11 up to 18 years
  • Perpetrating or displaying abusive behaviour towards their parent or carer
  • Acknowledgement by one or more parties (parent or young person for support)
  • Contact details of parents / carer
  • Willingness to engage in the service
  • No previous attempts to kill (young person to parent / carer)
  • Signed consent

Direct referrals from social care within local authorities Sandwell, Dudley and Walsall.

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