Domestic abuse and safeguarding children

If you think a child is experiencing abuse or neglect as a consequence of domestic abuse take action.

Bolton Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) is committed to working with Bolton Community Safety Partnership and its Domestic Abuse and Violence (DAV) Steering Group, to tackle Domestic Abuse and Violence in Bolton. For children living with this issue there can be a range of impacts which often affect them throughout their childhood and into adulthood.

Bolton has adopted the national definition of Domestic Abuse and Violence (DAV) which covers:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse; psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and emotional. This also includes so called honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

National Data tells us that:

  • 750,000 children a year witness DAV
  • ¾ of those on the 'at risk' register live in homes with DAV
  • 66% of high risk victims have children
  • 16 to 19 years most prominent age range for partner abuse

Local Data tells us that a high number of children experience domestic abuse as part of their daily life. It is our aim through this page to:

  • Provide useful information, resources and sign posting about domestic abuse and violence
  • Reduce the impact and prevalence of domestic abuse for children and young people in Bolton

In addition to the resources on this page, BSCB and the DAV Steering Group have worked with practitioners to develop the Bolton Domestic Abuse and Violence Handbook.

The handbook aims to provide a useful and practical resource to support work with those living with domestic abuse and violence.

Domestic Abuse Handbook

To find out more about Bolton’s Domestic Abuse Strategy, please contact:

Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator

Telephone: 01204 331080