Education And Prevention

Do you think that domestic abuse is an adult problem?
Could it really be relevant to the young people you work with?

Statistics tell us that it is. A 2005 survey by the NSPCC and Sugar magazine revealed;

  • 20% of teenage girls have already been hit by a boyfriend
  • 33% of girls thought that cheating justifies violence

Bexley Women’s Aid believes that education has an important role in preventing future cases of domestic abuse, so we work closely with schools and youth organisations to encourage young people to have an informed choice about healthy relationships. At the same time, we acknowledge the importance of being able to respond appropriately if a young person reveals domestic abuse, so we help equip teachers and youth workers with the skills needed to make referrals to our services.

The Education and Prevention service raises awareness about domestic abuse amongst children and young people to prevent them becoming a victim or perpetrator of abuse in their future lives. This work focuses on equipping children and young people with the skills needed to develop healthy relationships, both within their own family networks and with their peer groups, that are based on mutual respect and equality. Through education about respect and healthy relationships, this service also addresses the issue of bullying and information on where young people can go for help and support. The project includes training of other professionals so that they can identify domestic abuse at an early stage and deal with it more effectively from the start.

For information on how to obtain education classes for your school, youth group, or professional group, please contact Helen on 0208 301 7844 or 07957 749 362.