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Students Taught About Domestic Violence in Dorset

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8:21am 18th December 2013

Over 5,000 young people in Dorset have been taught how to spot the early warning signs of domestic violence this term.

The Wareham-based charity Safe Partnership Limited runs a series of workshops in senior schools as part of their education in Personal, Social and Health and Economic Studies.

The age-group at highest risk of being in a violent relationship is 16-24. The SafeDATE programme shows young people how to spot the early signs of abusive relationships and unacceptable behaviour.

The workshops are designed to be informative, interactive and informal. They include a presentation showing examples of real life stories, music and films. The young people are given posters, leaflets and information about where they can get help.

Emma Payne from Safe Partnership said: "At least 750,000 children a year witness domestic violence. With the SafeDATE programme we aim to raise awareness of controlling and abusive behaviour and prevent that statistic spiraling ever upwards. Our sessions explain what to look for in a positive relationship and where to go for help if abuse takes over."

Schools wishing to book talks should call Safe Partnership on 01929551100 or email safe@safepartnership.org

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