For our eighth Voice of the Child podcast, we look at how children are affected by domestic violence, and what we can all do as a society to protect them from harm during the UK’s lockdown phase as it battles with the novel Coronavirus.

Rachel Williams, a survivor and campaigner, Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA), and the founder of Stand UP To Domestic Abuse (SUTDA), speaks with the Voice of the child about her family’s own tragic experience of domestic violence, which led one of her sons to take his own life. She also offers important advice on how we can help children being abused during the outbreak.

TRIGGER WARNING: the podcast includes information about Rachel’s experiences, including a detailed account of the serious injuries she suffered, as well as discussions about suicide and abuse. 

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Useful Links

Bright Sky App

Incident Tracker (Please contact the foundation for the app’s name)

Silent Solution System (Texting in distress)