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Working with Children

Working with Children
Trust is a major factor when working with children exposed to domestic violence. Children need a safe place with an adult they can trust to begin healing.
When first working with a child, it is helpful to ask what makes her/him feel comfortable and uncomfortable with adults.
• Listen to children and provide them with space and respect.
• Let children know you care about them, that there are adults interested in their opinions, thoughts and ideas.
• Use books on the subject to help open children up.
• Use art, music, drama, and play to help children express themselves.
• Refer children to professional counselors, as needed.
• Connect children to organizations in the community that work with youth, as appropriate.
• Help children develop age-appropriate and realistic safety plans.
• Tell them often that someone cares
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Comments

JaniceW's picture

Helpful tips

Thank you for sharing these helpful tips in working with children that have suffered from trauma. I loved that your first advice was to listen. That is so key to any healing. I look forward to you sharing more of your experience and wisdom.

Nabiye Tal's picture

Re:

Thank you so much Janice W, i really appreciate your compliments and words of encouragement. Thank you.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

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