Domestic abuse can have a significant effect on adults, but for children, the effects of abuse can be even more devastating. Children who are victims of abuse and children who witness abuse may develop psychological, emotional, cognitive and behavioral problems.
If you know of a child who is a victim of abuse, here are some resources for abused children in Bellevue. Of course, if a child is in imminent danger, call 9-1-1 right away and request emergency services.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
One of the best resources that an adult should contact – in fact, the first resource an adult should contact for child abuse help – is the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services to report the abuse. You can contact the DSHS at the numbers below.
Nights and Weekends: 1-800-562-5624
Hotline: 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276)
TTY Callers: 1-800-624-6186
YES – Youth Eastside Services
Youth Eastside Services, or YES, provides youth and family counseling, violence prevention services, success mentoring, and more to both children and teens in Bellevue. YES provides counseling and support for young ones and families who are coping with abuse, violence, and emotional issues. You can contact YES at the following phone number and address.
999 164th Avenue NE
Bellevue, Washington 98008
Child and Adolescent Therapists
A child who witnessed domestic violence or was a victim of physical or sexual abuse may benefit from therapy following the abuse. You can find a full list of child and adolescent therapists in Bellevue by visiting the Psychology Today website.
The website provides a summary of the type of therapy each specialist performs, accepted insurance plans, average cost of a session, contact information, education and experience, and specialties.
LifeWire provides resources for both adults and children who are victims of abuse. Serving King County, services include housing programs, shelter services, a 24-hour helpline, advocacy services, children and teen groups, counseling services, education and training, women’s support groups, legal advocacy and a Latina outreach program. You can contact LifeWire today at the following 24-hour helpline number.
425-746-1940; or 1-800-827-8840
Other Resources for Abused Children in Bellevue
If you are a parent, the resources and child abuse organizations listed above can be a great place to start seeking care and treatment for your child who’s been a victim of abuse. Other parents, group members and professionals can recommend literature, playgroups and family support groups in your area. A school psychologist also may be a great resource for making certain recommendations, such as which literature might to appropriate for an abused child to read. Also consult a domestic abuse attorney if you require legal help, such as pursuing a divorce from an abusive spouse.
If You Need Legal Services in Bellevue, Call Molly B. Kenny
If you are attempting to flee a violent home life, need help filing for divorce, or otherwise need legal help, contact the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny. We know that there is nothing scarier than domestic violence and that there is nothing more tragic than knowing a child is the victim of abuse. To start protecting yourself and your child today, call our offices now at 425-460-0550.