Help for children affected by domestic violence

Parents

About us

Centrum LOCIKA empowers children and equips parents to thrive without violence through safe, healthy, and loving family relationships. Our vision is for every child in the Czech Republic to live and grow in safe homes and stable families.

Centrum LOCIKA focuses on children and young people in home environments defined by domestic violence. We also serve parents through specialized professional support to end threats to the safety, welfare, and security of young people within their families. We create and promote innovative solutions that are child-focused, family-centered, and community balanced in their approach to fundamental rights and protections for social progress.

Each year, up to 200 children benefit from Centrum LOCIKA's services throughout Prague and the Central Bohemian Region at no cost. Our free services are provided without respect to social background, family status, or other considerations which would ordinarily discourage or exclude parents in need of assistance.

Since 2017, approximately 16,000 hours of counseling  and therapeutic sessions have helped more than 350 families to move towards violence-free lives. The need, and demand, for our services, unfortunately, continues to grow as Czech society recognizes the risks and true cost of domestic violence and abuse.

Centrum LOCIKA believes that every child deserves a life, family, and home without violence. Our experience shows that timely and consistent therapeutic support can stop violence at home, and positively enhance the development of young lives caught in difficult circumstances. We are committed to ensuring that any family, within any community, can receive the assistance it needs.

As a growing Czech NGO, we are actively reaching out beyond our borders for advice and input on resource channels and partnership opportunities available to us during this critical stage of our development. We would welcome any opportunity for dialogue with you via online chat or email, or in-person during your visit to Prague.

CASE STUDY: THE LITTLE HERO

Violent behaviour can be changed. Little Daniel managed to do just that and more through therapy. He can be a great inspiration to us, adults, too.

Since early age, Daniel witnessed mental and physical abuse at home. After a particularly ugly incident when he was scared for his mom's health and life, he started to wet himself again at the age of 5. Anxious and distracted in the kindergarten, he started to exhibit increasingly aggressive behaviour. His teacher worried about Dan and recommended LOCIKA to his parents as a place where they can help. In order to help Dan, however, it was mainly his parents who had to make changes. After the first few sessions with the social worker, his mother made a decision to move to a new apartment with Daniel. They moved without his father but from the very beginning it was clearly set how and when Dan would get to see his dad. The family situation calmed down, both parents started to attend parents' groups in LOCIKA and Daniel begun to get better. He greatly benefited mainly from art therapy. He enjoyed drawing since he was little and loved to work with clay. At first, he attended individual art therapy sessions and later joined a group. After being in contact with a child psychologist, he slowly learned that there was a different, more normal and safe world without violence and arguments. Art therapy also helped him become aware of his emotions. He learned how to distinguish between them, how to name, control and adequately express them. Over time, he started to calm down, was no longer exhibiting aggressive behaviour among children, and did not need to be naughty to get the attention of adults. In his therapy group, Daniel learned how to cooperate and respect the boundaries of others. He saw that he was accepted by others while also learning how to listen to others more. At the age of five, Daniel worked on himself harder than many adults during their entire lives. These days, Daniel cannot wait to start school and wants to become a rescuer when he grows up.