Risk to Young People
Women and men aged between 16-24 are at the highest risk of domestic abuse. Universal work within local schools and colleges provides accessible information about healthy relationships.
Research shows that young people affected by domestic abuse are more likely to misuse drugs and alcohol than their peers. They suffer from low self esteem and their ability to do well in school is also affected. Sadly they are also more likely to be victims or perpetrators in the future.
Support from BWA
‘Teen Choices’ support young people affected by domestic abuse and BWA staff attend a drop-in for young mums, providing outreach support.
Abuse in any relationship is not normal or acceptable, and it is never the victim’s fault. Blaming abuse on anger, jealousy or alcohol is also unacceptable.
BWA’s specialist Children & Young People’s workers undertake 1:1 sessions and regular group work in local schools, supporting children and young people who have been affected by abuse or who are currently in abusive relationships.
The key issue is getting young people to identify what is domestic abuse and then helping them to acknowledge that it may indeed be happening to them. Once abuse has been identified BWA can offer them targeted help and support.
The ‘This is Abuse’ campaign, aimed specifically at teenagers, 13 – 18 years, was relaunched by the Home Office in 2010 in December 2013. The campaign website at www.thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk has lots of information.