Children & Young People

Abusive Relationships

About our campaign (download flyer here)

We are a group of young people who have been regularly meeting every Monday for the last 6 months to plan a campaign to help teenagers understand;

  • What an abusive relationship is?
  • When they might be in one?
  • And raise awareness of where to go to get support!
Our campaign is to give you support and advice to take care of yourself and each other.

Main campaign objectives

  1. Raise awareness on the issues about teenage abusive relationships.
  2. Empower young people with knowledge to help themselves and others who may be in an abusive relationship.
  3. Give young people information about what to do and where to go to get support if they find themselves in an abusive relationship.

Did you know?

  • 45% of 13-14 year olds in the UK who have been dating somebody reported having experienced domestic violence (Fox et al, 2014: 01)
  • One quarter of girls aged 13-17 interview said they had experienced severe physical violence (Barter et al, 2009)
  • A high number of young women say they are under constant surveillance through the use of social media mobile telephones and text messaging (Barter et al, 2009)
  • Research has shown that young people that experience violence in a relationship rarely tell anyone but there friends (Ashley and Foshee, 2005; Brown et al, 2007)

Domestic Violence and Abuse and Young People

Change in the Law
In September 2012, the Government announced the change in the definition of domestic violence to be widened to include individuals aged 16 and 17 years old. There was also change to the definition to include coercive control. The change in the definition will impact on raising awareness that young people aged between 16 and 17 do experience domestic violence and abuse and encourage them to come forward to access help and support.

Government definition of domestic violence and abuse:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse; psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional. 'Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour. Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.'

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Why we think the SafeFrom Campaign is so important?

As the SafeFrom Campaign Team, we wanted to express to you why this campaign is so important.

  • "Domestic violence is on the rise amongst young people. Our campaign is really important because it will help young people be aware of abusive relationships and how it can make them feel. We hope our campaign will empower young people with the skills and confidence to get out of an abusive relationship if they are in one and most importantly where to get help and support if they need it. We hope our campaign sends out a positive message to all young people whether they are in a relationship or not, straight, gay, that abusive relationships are wrong." (Jordan, 15 years old)
  • "I think it's a great chance for young people to lead on a campaign like this. We got to choose the topic and we've been working hard to decide the best way of getting our campaign messages across to young people. Although it's a serious subject, we are teaching young people about safeguarding; we are trying to keep it fun as well. We've got lots planned including our event for young people at the Rose Theatre on Monday 16th February 1.30-5.30."(Justin, 21 years old)
  • "I feel that creating awareness about teenage relationships and abuse is really important and I hope that through this campaign we will be able to educate young people and make a difference to their lives."(Haram, 15 years old)
  • "The Achieving for Children Safeguarding Project is a group of young people who are trying their hardest to raise awareness of domestic violence within teenage relationships in the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston. This is an issue that is very difficult to monitor, and yet potentially very harmful. I got involved in the project because I strongly believe that all young people deserve basic levels of respect in any relationship. By raising awareness, I hope we can reduce the occurrence of domestic violence amongst young people. How I feel about leading a campaign? I have led campaigns and workshops in the past. However, I've never organised anything on this scale before. I would like to use the phrase 'quietly confident' to describe my feelings toward the project, but I think 'quietly nervous' is a more applicable phrase. Despite this, I'm really looking forward to our event at the Rose Theatre."(Jack)