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Protecting Dorset School Kids from Abusive Relationships


11:07am 20th November 2013

Teenagers across Dorset are being taught about safe relationships and how to spot signs of domestic abuse.

In a survey conducted by the NSPCC, more than a quarter of teachers said a student had gone to them for help about an abusive relationship.

More than 900 14 to 15 year olds are taking part in the Respect Yourself programme led by Dorset Police.

The Force wants to empower young people and raise awareness about unhealthy relationships and the programme challenges stereotypes and highlights the early warning signs of abuse. It covers a range of issues including consensual sex in relationships and male victims of domestic abuse.

The young people are also given contact details for local and national domestic abuse services.

Rachael Caples, Safe Schools and Communities Officer, said: “The Respect Yourself programme is aimed at challenging young people’s perceptions of abusive relationships and associated stereotypes.

“It looks at not only educating our next generation of potential victims or offenders but also friends, relatives, future employers and employees and professionals – providing them with the skills to support and guide victims of abuse and empowering young people to recognise behaviours and build happy, fulfilled and respectful relationships.”

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