Dame Vera Baird QC responds to, 'Not Just Collateral Damage', a report published today by Barnardo's uncovering the impacts of growing up with domestic abuse.


Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera Baird QC, said:


“This is an important report from Barnardo’s, which uncovers the stark reality of the impact of domestic abuse upon children in this country and I hope that Government will read it and act upon the recommendations it makes.


“With as many as one in five under 18s being exposed to domestic abuse in childhood it is vital that the Domestic Abuse Bill is amended when it returns to Parliament to recognise the damage that domestic abuse can do to children in the short term, and the longer-term impact it can have on their lives.


“This report shows that children who experience domestic abuse are more likely to become homeless, be sexually exploited and commit criminal offences. The cost to society of failing to support these children is clear and that is why we need specialist services to help children across the country so that they get the help they need and can get their lives on track.”


The press release from Barnardo’s can be found here: https://www.barnardos.org.uk/news/toxic-cycle-domestic-abuse-can-lead-drug-dealing-and-sexual-abuse