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Dylan was only two years old when he watched his mum and dad violently attack each other almost every day. Terrified that they would turn their fists on him, he would scramble out of sight and hide under the kitchen sink, waiting for the screaming and banging to end.
On top of fighting, his parents were often incapacitated by drugs and alcohol and forgot to feed him. He was forced to fend for his baby sister, and learned to prop her up to give her a bottle. He also learned to hide her away whenever the violence began.
Dylan soon learned that the world was a frightening and dangerous place. He developed instincts that no child this small should need, so his behaviour was extreme when he first came into Barnardos’ care.
Any raised voice, even in a safe place, would trigger Dylan’s ‘fight or flight’ reaction. He coped by lashing out aggressively when he felt scared. Dylan also developed serious attachment issues from being left alone time and time again.
After an intense search, we found a family for Dylan who would never give up on him, in spite of his behaviour. Now with counselling, social skills therapy, and extra support dealing with the noisy, triggering environment at school, he is slowly beginning to recover.
Children like Dylan who have survived family violence need specialised and patient care to heal from their terror and trauma. Please donate today to help them learn that the world isn’t a place to hide from, and that there are people out there they can count on.
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