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‘5,000 children a week’ identified as exposed to domestic violence

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By Gerard Tubb, Sky News correpondent

Almost 5,000 children are newly identified every week in England as being affected by domestic violence, according to a national charity.

Action for Children says many youngsters live in areas where there is little or no support available to help them cope with the effects.

Anna (not her real name) who lived with an abusive partner for several years and now volunteers with Action for Children told Sky News she is worried about how the abuse has affected her young children.

"They still talk now about hammers [and] shouting," she said

She said she overhears her children say: "He broke this, he broke that, he's smashed the house up and he makes mummy sad."

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Action for Children, which receives taxpayers' money to provide children's support services, wants the next government to re-introduce a domestic violence bill to give victims more help and protection.

Sally Noden, a children's service manager for Action for Children in Newcastle, said: "We want to see that children are in the legislation as victims, we want a statutory duty for councils to provide specialist services for children."

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Analysis by the charity of government statistics for 2018/19 shows an average of 692 children a day in England are assessed by children's social care services as being affected by domestic violence.

Meanwhile, research conducted earlier this year by Stirling University into specialist support services for those children across 30 councils in England and Wales showed limited help is available.

More than one in 10 of the councils provided no service, while Read More – Source