YWCA helps kids affected by domestic violence

The YWCA of Greater Lafayette has support groups for parents and children to cope with domestic violence.
The YWCA of Greater Lafayette has support groups for parents and children to cope with domestic violence.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Thursday is Domestic Violence Awareness Day and the YWCA of Greater Lafayette is helping the kids who witness it in their homes.

Children who see and hear spousal abuse in the home are often affected. The YWCA is helping kids cope in a safe environment. Counseling groups and therapy sessions are two ways they are getting kids to open up about their experiences.

Child advocate Becky Wellner says people who witness abuse at a young age are more abusive as adults. She said helping them early stops the cycle and teaches them violence is not normal.

“We want to let them know what domestic violence looks like. We want them to learn what healthy relationships look like, so they can seek those out. So, they can break generational violence,” Wellner said. “We just help them talk through their feelings. We help them to know that there are safe adults and that it’s OK to be upset.”

Wellner invites all parents to free support groups offered at the YWCA of Greater Lafayette. These classes give parents skills to eliminate domestic violence in their lives.

To learn more about the YWCA’s domestic violence programs, click here.