8 Apr 2008

Case study: Andrew's story

08 April 2008

Twelve year-old Andrew lives with his younger brothers and sisters and his mother, who had an on/off relationship with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend was a man known to police for having a history of violence and burglary. Andrew was frightened and anxious, and unable to talk to his mum about how he felt.

As a result, Andrew was referred to the Children's Counselling Service for Domestic Violence at The Children's Society in Oldham. He underwent ten counselling sessions with project workers, which helped him deal with his feelings of fear and anxiety, and understand why his mother sometimes became depressed. The sessions have also made him feel more comfortable about talking to his mum, and he now feels confident about asking for help and staying safe.

His mum realises how much happier Andrew is after counselling, how he is more open with her about his feelings and she is now aware of the affect the domestic violence had on her children. The counselling has made a difference to relationships within the family and they have been in touch on several occasions to tell the team how they are getting on.

The Children’s Society in Oldham was established in 1987 to serve the local community. They provide a free and confidential one-to-one counselling service for children aged five to 13 who have been adversely affected by incidents of domestic violence. Another main focus of their work centres on children in trouble with the law.

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