Dorset

Pupils taught domestic abuse warning signs

School pupils are being taught to spot the early warning signs of domestic violence by a Dorset charity.

Safe Partnership, based in Wareham, has begun a series of workshops in senior schools across the UK, led by experts who have worked with abused adults.

At least 750,000 children a year will witness domestic violence, according to the charity.

The Safe Partnership's Carly Brown said: "Our sessions explain what is not acceptable behaviour."

According to the charity people most at risk of being in a violent relationship are aged between 16 and 24.

The Safe DATE (Domestic Abuse Training and Education) programme includes examples real life situations.

Ms Brown said: "Some young people think their partner has the right to hit them if they are unfaithful.

"By raising young people's awareness of abusive relationships and domestic violence, the Safe Partnership hopes to stop them becoming a statistic."

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