child domestic abuse derry

The TeenLink Project is funded under the Big Lottery’s Reaching Out, Empowering Young People Programme.  The project is designed to empower young people, aged 11 to 16, who have been affected by domestic abuse.

whatwedo-011The project will:

  • Help young people better cope with their experiences of domestic abuse;
  • Provide young people with a positive sense of self and purpose;
  • Promote healthy lifestyles including sexual respect and highlight the negative effects of drugs and alcohol; and
  • Foster positive communication skills to improve relationships with the non-abusive caregiver and others.

We carry out therapeutic group and individual work with young people to support them and help them overcome the effects of the domestic abuse.


Domestic abuse (also called domestic violence) happens when one person hurts or bullies another person who is or was their partner or who is in the same family. It can happen between people who are going out together, living together, have children together or are married to each other. It can happen either when people live together or separately.

Domestic abuse can also happen after a relationship has finished. Usually (but not always) it is the man who is the abuser and the woman who gets hurt. Although domestic abuse happens mostly between adults, young people can be affected by the abuse that they see and hear, and they can be hurt or bullied as part of domestic abuse between adults. Young people may also experience abuse from their own boy/girlfriend.