“In Barnardos we work with children and families who have had to cope with domestic abuse, and we know the terrible scars it can leave, scars that can last long after the bruises and the broken bones have healed. We try above all to help children understand that domestic abuse is not something they have caused, that it’s not their fault.
It’s not their responsibility to make it stop. That responsibility belongs to all of us, and one way we can all help is by talking more openly about it. People who abuse their partners always want to do so in secrecy. The more we talk about it, the harder it is for abusers to hide behind closed doors.”