We empower expectant parents with what they need to break the cycle of domestic abuse and give their baby the best possible start in life, especially by helping them to come to terms with trauma and adversity in their own childhoods.
We campaign and share expertise on improving life-chances. We call on government not to waste the precious time when babies’ brains are developing and parents want help to break cycles of domestic abuse and related traumatic adversities.
The For Baby’s Sake Trust
(Previously The Stefanou Foundation)
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF INTER-GENERATIONAL DOMESTIC ABUSE
Trauma in infancy devastates lives. Left unresolved, it can lead to dysfunctional relationships, domestic abuse and more harm to children and families for generations. Desperately stretched public services are being used to pick up the pieces time and time again. There is another way. Instead of using precious resources to manage the fall-out, providing support to tackle the root causes will change the future for individuals, families and society.
Join us on 17 September for the premiere of a powerful animated short film where parents share what brought them to For Baby’s Sake and the difference it made, followed by a discussion on new approaches to breaking the cycle of domestic abuse. Discussion will include contributions from Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Frank Mullane, CEO of Advocacy After Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) and Emma Lazenby who collaborated with us closely during the making of this film.
Around 1 in 5 children in the UK experience domestic abuse, often when they are still in the womb.
Children exposed to domestic violence are significantly more likely to be abusive or experience abuse in their adult relationships, creating a cycle of trauma.
Exposure to domestic abuse in the first 1001 days of life, can physically alter a baby’s brain chemistry and development: affecting cognitive, emotional and physical development.