A project in Sheffield working with children affected by domestic abuse has received a £10,000 grant from South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Dr Alan Billings handed over a cheque to the Haven House project to help it continue to provide after-school sessions for youngsters who live in refuges.
The sessions cater for children aged between three and 16 years old.
Dr Billings said: “Unfortunately when dealing with domestic abuse in families, it is often the children that get forgotten.
“They often witness some harrowing situations that have the potential to stay with them through life.
“The Haven House Project helps these young people to see that they are not alone in their suffering and ensures there are support services available to help them.
“I wish them well in their work and hope they continue to be very successful.”
Haven House works with primary and secondary school staff to raise awareness of the effects of domestic abuse on children and to provide web-based resources to increase the number of adults able to recognise the effects of abuse and find appropriate support.
Jo Rudd, from the project, said: “In an informal setting they (children) gain a better understanding of healthy and unhealthy relationships that will help them discover their own ways to improve their personal safety, self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.”
The Haven House project was set up in Sheffield in 1975 to help women and children affected by domestic violence and specialises in outreach services for youngsters.
For more information visit http://havenhouseproject.org.uk/