Tips For Talking To Young Children About Domestic Violence

When your child asks you a question about domestic violence try starting with “What have you heard?”

This allows your child to tell you what he/she understands –or-misunderstands- and perhaps what concerns are prompting his/her question.

Keep answers simple

Underneath a child’s question, he/she may be worried about his/her safety, so offer reassurance. You might describe the different ways he/she is safe and say, “The policemen are there to protect us.”

Ask more questions

For example, if your child asks you about a domestic violence story from the news, you might say, “I feel sad that lady got hurt. How do you feel?”

Talk again

Be prepared for children to ask the same question(s) many times. This means they are continuing to think about the issue and may need more info.