Teachers learn signs of domestic abuse

Training sessions are being delivered at several primary schools in Stapleford to help raise awareness among staff about domestic abuse and what to do if they discover children are witnessing it at home.

Organised by Broxtowe Women’s Project, the training is being delivered by one of the domestic abuse charity’s Outreach Workers to groups of staff including teachers.

Signs to look out for, what to do if a disclosure about domestic abuse is made by a pupil and places to find more information and support are all being covered. The first session is taking place this week, with others planned over the next two months.

According to the Crime Survey of England and Wales, 2013/14, 1 in 4 women in England and Wales will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes and 8% will suffer domestic violence in any given year. Many of these will, of course, have children who see and hear what is happening.

BWP Business and Fundraising Manager Sarah Dagley explains the reasons for providing the training: “The impact of domestic abuse on children has been the subject of many studies, all of which agree that it can have significant negative effects. Some research suggests that children who witness verbally aggressive behaviour are just as badly affected as those who see physical violence.

“Children often have good, trusting relationships with teachers and will talk to them in ways they will not open up to others. It is important if a child talks about or shows signs of being affected by domestic abuse at home, that the school staff know how to help and support them.

“Broxtowe Women’s Project is providing these short training sessions free of charge in the hope it will help both the staff involved and the children in their care.”

Schools or nurseries in Broxtowe who are interested in having the training should contact BWP on 01773- 718555 or email enquiries@broxtowewp.org

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