Domestic Abuse Services - Young People

Following a successful merger with Southampton Women’s Aid in April 2019, we’re pleased to be able to offer a number of services developed specifically for those affected by domestic abuse.

Pattern Changing (for Young Women)

This 6-week educational programme (adapted from our original course for women) has been adapted specifically for 16 – 19 year old women who have experience domestic violence or abuse. The weekly sessions offer participants the opportunity to reflect on their experiences with others in a safe and comfortable space, and focusses on the following topics:


  • The impact of domestic violence and abuse

  • Managing emotions and developing coping mechanisms

  • Assertiveness skills

  • Decision Making & Goal setting

  • What makes a healthy relationship

Surestart Special Programme

A weekly programme run over 8 consecutive weeks, this service is held in local Surestart centres across Southampton. It is available for Mothers and their children (3 – 5 years) who have experienced domestic abuse.


Mothers are invited to completed the “You & Me, Mum” educational course (looking at the effects of abuse, protective behaviours and effective communication skills with children), whilst children engage with “Theraplay” sessions that looks to build and enhance self-esteem, trust and joyful engagement.

Safe, Talk, Thrive

This project has been developed for Mothers and their children who have experienced domestic abuse, focussing on working through the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Recovery Toolkit.


The ACE Toolkit is a trauma-informed course, focusing on negative and traumatic experiences endured during childhood. Safe, Talk, Thrive offers participants the opportunity for both mother and child to consider their own stressful experiences during childhood (for instance, growing up around substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse or mental illness), and think about how these experiences have impacted them.


By using both adult- and child- specific ACE toolkits (over 8 - 10 weeks), both Mother and child are invited to work towards develop positive lifestyles and healthy coping strategies.

Other Services

Yellow Door are also pleased to continue to offer our young people’s psycho-therapeutic group “Bright Stars” for those affected by domestic abuse. Visit our Therapeutic Services page for more information.

How do I refer?

You are welcome to refer yourself to access Domestic Abuse support at any time. Our team will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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