Domestic abuse (sometimes called domestic violence) in relationships is on the increase. It is estimated that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (which itself can be psycological, physical, sexual, financial, or emotional) between adults / teenagers that are family members or are in an intimate relationship, regardless of gender or sexuality.
We are becoming increasingly aware that domestic violence is occuring in some teenage relationships. The Teenage Independent Domestic Violence Advocate Service (Teenage IDVAs) has been put in place by Rotherham Council to support teenagers who are / have been in physically / mentally abusive relationships.
Operation Encompass is a project being run across Rotherham. Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting on any police-rated high level domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school and might have an impact on a child in school. School will be informed of these incidents of domestic abuse, that have happened overnight/at a weekend.
The designated member of school staff will use the information that has been shared, in confidence, whilst ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible for our students and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Witnessing domestic violence can also affect a child's behaviour, expectations, self-esteem and modify how they see relationships, concepts of power and control. If you are concerned your child is in a physically / mentally abusive relationship or has encountered domestic violence in your home, the following can be offered in order to support your child.
- Referral to Teenage IDVAs.
- Referral to Women's Refuge for emotional support on a 1 to 1 basis.
- Referral to MAST School Counsellor.
If you are worried you child may be involved in a domestically abusive relationship, please contact the School Safeguarding Team on (01709) 760222.
National Domestic Violence Helpline