- ‘Rory’ is a book, published in 2007 by Alcohol Focus Scotland, which tackles the issue of harm to children through their living with parental alcohol problems. Aimed at primary school children the book is the story of a dog who can’t understand why his owner is acting in a certain way, until it’s explained to him that it’s because he has a problem with alcohol. The book could be used by anyone who is in a position to help raise awareness and respond to the issues of parental alcohol problems.
- The Mental Health Research & Development Unit in Bath produced a Toolkit to support those wishing to develop services for children and families affected by alcohol misuse. http://www.bath.ac.uk/mhrdu/Toolkit/index.htm
The City of Edinburgh Council and Domestic Violence Probation Project published a DVD (2005) of stimulus scenes to support domestic abuse training. One of the 3 scenes focuses on parents who have separated due to violence and includes an interview with their daughter. http://www.changeweb.org.uk/B%20+%20P%20-%20DVD%20training%20pack.htm
My mum and dad argue a lot is part of a range of resources developed by One Plus One, the UK's leading relationship research organisation. The website is an evidence based resource package for frontline practitioners working with parents and families, providing key messages from current research, background and information about parental conflict and children’s reactions, and samples of tried and tested resource. http://www.opo.org.uk/mymumanddad/
Talking to Mum is a resource which aims to improve communication between mothers and children in the aftermath of domestic violence.
a. Humphreys C, Mullender A, Thiara RK & Skamballis A (2006). Talking to mum: developing communication between mothers and children in the aftermath of domestic violence. J of Social Work, 6(1); pp53-63.
b. Thiara RK et al. (2006). Talking to my mum. Safe: The Domestic Abuse Quarterly, 19; pp21-24.
c. Humphreys C, Thiara RK, Skamballis A & Mullender A (2006). Talking to my mum: a picture workbook for workers, mothers and children affected by DV. London; Jessica Kingsley.
- Liverpool Child Protection Team, together with the NSPCC, has produced ‘Slowly Getting There’ (2006), a game designed by a group of eight young people who have lived with domestic violence. The game aims to help children talk about their feelings evoked by their experiences.
- Coventry Domestic Violence Partnership (Coventry City Council, 2005) has produced a DVD and booklet (‘Scars of a quiet denial: raising awareness of domestic violence’) for use in a multi-disciplinary training environment to raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence and to identify indicators and opportunities for intervention.
- Save the Children has produced ‘Safe Learning’, a practical guide for schools and domestic violence services to support the educational needs of children and young people affected by domestic violence. The booklet also contains guidance on supporting professionals to respond effectively to educational needs and safety.