Children's Services

If you are living with domestic abuse, it’s important to know that it isn’t your fault. You may be experiencing many different feelings and emotions about what is happening to you. You may feel:

Anger – you may feel anger towards your parent, family, or yourself.
Scared – this could be from hearing arguments or seeing fights, this can be really scary. Or you may be unsure about what to do or what is going to happen. You may even be feeling scared because some of the abuse is directed at you.
Lonely – you may feel lonely and that you can’t talk to anyone about what is happening at home.
Confused – perhaps you feel confused because you love the person who is hurting your parent, and this may make you feel disloyal because you know what they are doing is wrong.

Living with Domestic Abuse

A young boy who has witnessed domestic violence does not have to grow up violent and abusive, and a girl who has witnessed domestic violence does not have to become a victim of domestic abuse later in life. This is a fear many young people who have lived with domestic abuse have. It’s important to remember many, many children and young people who grow up in homes with domestic violence do not turn into victims or abusers themselves. If you are currently living with domestic abuse we understand this can be a difficult situation, but there is help and support available for you. Click here to find more information.

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Lewis House Children’s Services

Children’s services aim to provide support for young people who have lived with domestic abuse. We aim to make their stay in Lewis House a fun, expressive and overall a safe experience. We do our upmost to encourage children’s confidence, engage them in positive activities, and provide them with opportunities to speak out and work through their experiences and feelings. Children’s comments and opinions regarding our services are extremely important to our organisation to ensure we are supporting and meeting young people’s individual needs effectively.

What’s it like in a Refuge

Stories and poems from children at Fortalice

  • “My name is Amy I am 9 years old and I have a sister and my mum. At Lewis house it is fun because when you are very board all you need to do is go to the club where there is nice children’s workers to play with you. Now my mum is much better and now more happier. Now I am much better too. My favourite thing I have done is bowling and cinema with the children’s workers. Now I have made lots of friends and I am happy.”

  • “My name is Amy I am 9 years old and I have a sister and my mum. At Lewis house it is fun because when you are very board all you need to do is go to the club where there is nice children’s workers to play with you. Now my mum is much better and now more happier. Now I am much better too. My favourite thing I have done is bowling and cinema with the children’s workers. Now I have made lots of friends and I am happy.”

  • “My name is Amy I am 9 years old and I have a sister and my mum. At Lewis house it is fun because when you are very board all you need to do is go to the club where there is nice children’s workers to play with you. Now my mum is much better and now more happier. Now I am much better too. My favourite thing I have done is bowling and cinema with the children’s workers. Now I have made lots of friends and I am happy.”

  • “My name is Amy I am 9 years old and I have a sister and my mum. At Lewis house it is fun because when you are very board all you need to do is go to the club where there is nice children’s workers to play with you. Now my mum is much better and now more happier. Now I am much better too. My favourite thing I have done is bowling and cinema with the children’s workers. Now I have made lots of friends and I am happy.”

What’s it like in a Refuge

Artwork from children at Fortalice

  • “My name is Amy I am 9 years old and I have a sister and my mum. At Lewis house it is fun because when you are very board all you need to do is go to the club where there is nice children’s workers to play with you. Now my mum is much better and now more happier. Now I am much better too. My favourite thing I have done is bowling and cinema with the children’s workers. Now I have made lots of friends and I am happy.”

  • “My name is Amy I am 9 years old and I have a sister and my mum. At Lewis house it is fun because when you are very board all you need to do is go to the club where there is nice children’s workers to play with you. Now my mum is much better and now more happier. Now I am much better too. My favourite thing I have done is bowling and cinema with the children’s workers. Now I have made lots of friends and I am happy.”

  • “My name is Amy I am 9 years old and I have a sister and my mum. At Lewis house it is fun because when you are very board all you need to do is go to the club where there is nice children’s workers to play with you. Now my mum is much better and now more happier. Now I am much better too. My favourite thing I have done is bowling and cinema with the children’s workers. Now I have made lots of friends and I am happy.”

  • “My name is Amy I am 9 years old and I have a sister and my mum. At Lewis house it is fun because when you are very board all you need to do is go to the club where there is nice children’s workers to play with you. Now my mum is much better and now more happier. Now I am much better too. My favourite thing I have done is bowling and cinema with the children’s workers. Now I have made lots of friends and I am happy.”