Ten percent of children in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, have witnessed domestic abuse, according to Beth Culshaw, who heads the area’s health and social care partnership.
Youngsters are living in a state of anxiety and stress, leading to physical reactions and mental health problems, she said as the local council launched its No Home for Domestic Abuse campaign aimed at protecting women victims of domestic abuse and their children from being evicted.
The core strategy, the Daily Record reported, is to ensure those responsible for the abuse are moved from a property, said chief housing officer Peter Barry. Traditionally the victim has to leave the family home. But social attitudes need to be changed, said Barry, who added: “We will also use criminal anti-social behaviour orders, which will last for life and follow the perpetrator.”