Focus On Young People For Domestic Abuse Awareness Week
7:45am 25th November 2013
A campaign's been launched across Dorset today to highlight the risk of domestic abuse to young people aged 16 - 19 years old.
Professionals say young people's experience of relationships is limited which makes them vulnerable to not knowing what an abusive relationship is.
They can also be pressurized by friends to say with an abusive partner.
One if five young men and one in ten young women think abuse or violence against women is acceptable.
Cllr Ray Nottage, Chair of the Dorset Community Safety Partnership said:
"Tackling domestic abuse in all its forms is a priority for the Dorset Community Safety Partnership and its partners. The national definition of domestic abuse changed earlier this year to include those aged 16 and over and we feel it is timely to focus locally on how young people can be affected in their own intimate relationships"
"Our message to young people who find themselves in abusive relationships is that you're not alone, it's not your fault and help is available. The good news is that help is available both for young people and those who care for and about them.
"Young people can talk to their parents, teacher or someone else they trust or can access support directly from websites or national and local helplines. All young people have the right to live their lives free from abuse of any sort. "
A number of events have been planned by local councils, Dorset Police, specialist service providers and the local Domestic Abuse Forums across the county to support the campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse in young peoples' relationships during the awareness week.