a SHEFFIELD mum has backed a campaign calling for better support for new parents after research showed one in four babies are born into homes where there is domestic violence, mental health problems, drink or drug dependency.
The 27-year-old, who does not want to be named, said she was mentally and physically abused by her partner when she became pregnant with their son, now seven.
She said the violence continued through a second pregnancy until she summoned up the courage to leave and report her ex.
The mum, who now has a third child with a new partner, spoke out about her experiences on the day the NSPCC launched its All Babies Count campaign.
It calls for more support for young children and parents living with mental health issues, drug or alcohol dependency and domestic violence.
The charity wants the Government to make enough funding available for family services.
The Sheffield mum said parents living with abusive partners needed to get immediate help before their children’s lives were affected.
“My son lived through two years of my abuse and even though he was only young I worry about how it has affected him because he still mentions things, such as seeing his dad hitting and throwing things at his mummy,” she said.
“When he was younger he also used to mimic what he had seen.
“People don’t realise how much young children take in, so it is important people seek help as soon as possible and there are the services there to support them.”
Gordon Ratcliffe, from the NSPCC said: “The findings show the most vulnerable and helpless members of our society are often at risk because of a lack of support. All Babies Count is about making sure every baby gets the care they need, when they need it most.”