Ian Wright, the former England, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and West Ham striker shares his story and investigates the consequences children face when growing up surrounded by domestic violence on BBC1 on Thursday 6th May 2021.
Ian shared the experience he had whilst growing up in a single room with four people, Ian, his older brother, mum and step-dad. He disclosed how his step-dad would beat his mother in front of them and how his older brother would try to protect him by covering his ears. Ian told his story and spoke openly about how his childhood has affected him into his adult life. Ian spoke with a number of individuals who also shared their experiences.
Research has highlighted that in the past year, 1.6 million woman have suffered domestic violence and in 90% of cases, a child was present. Ian met with journalist and activist, Charlotte in relation to the Domestic Violence Bill. Legislation surrounding domestic violence has never recognised the impact on children; campaigners have called for this to be changed, as 1 out of 5 children suffer one form of abuse.
On the 29th April 2021, the Domestic Violence Bill received Royal Assent. The Act will provide further protection and for the first time in history, there will be a wide-ranging legal definition of domestic abuse. A vital element is that the Act will explicitly recognise children as victims, if they see, hear or experience any effect of abuse.
At Goodman Ray Solicitors, we understand how difficult it can be when you are experiencing domestic violence and have children. We have a child centred ethos and strongly believe in protecting children from any of the potential effects of domestic abuse. We can assist by helping you obtain a relevant injunctive order, such as a Non-Molestation Order or Prohibited Steps Order.
By: Nicole Mann