Surrey teenagers tackle domestic abuse in workshops

Domestic violence
Image caption The workshops looked at how a person in a relationship could escape destructive behaviour

Workshops tackling the issue of how to deal with domestic abuse have been held for teenagers aged 15 and 16 in Surrey.

The Safer Surrey Heath Partnership has run the sessions at two schools.

According to the NSPCC and University of Bristol, nearly 75% of girls and 50% of boys have experienced some sort of emotional abuse.

The workshops, funded by Surrey Heath council, look at what action a person in a relationship can take to escape controlling and destructive behaviour.

Councillor Vivienne Chapman, portfolio holder for community safety, said the Safer Surrey Heath Partnership wanted to engage with young people.

She said she hoped the workshops had challenged young people's understanding and perceptions of respect within healthy relationships.

The interactive drama workshops, which were run by a theatre company and allowed the participants to influence the outcome of the scenario, were held at Kings International College and Carwarden House Community School.

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