This ground-breaking study by Keele University of 13 to 14-year-olds in 13 Staffordshire schools revealed worrying levels of domestic abuse among young people. It found that found that domestic abuse prevention education can be effective in changing girls’ and boys’ attitudes towards domestic abuse and encouraging more of them to seek help. The research found that over half of the 1,203 Year 9 pupils had some direct experiences of domestic abuse, whether as victims, witnesses, or perpetrators. While on a date, just less than half of both girls and boys had been abused; a quarter reported carrying out abusive behaviour. In phase one of the study, 1,203 Year 9 pupils, based in 13 schools in Staffordshire, were recruited from schools that had received ‘Relationships without Fear’ (‘intervention schools’) and those which had not (‘control schools’).
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