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Abuse / Domestic Violence


What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is defined across government as any incident 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 their gender or sexuality. This definition will remain in use until April 2021 when it should be widened and become a statutory definition.

Domestic abuse covers, but is not limited to:

  • psychological;
  • physical;
  • sexual;
  • financial;
  • emotional forms of abuse

Controlling behaviourcan involve 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 behaviouris an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten a person.

LeAF Studio will receive ‘alerts’ from the police via the Local Authority Children Services, about any domestic abuse incidents linked to a student that attends our school.

If you are concerned that a child or young person is in an emergency situation you should contact the Police urgently on 999. If you are concerned about one of our pupils please speak to a member of our safeguarding team.

The Hideout – information for young people about abuse

App ‘For Me’ to help young people find support online

24-hour Domestic Violence helpline: 0808 2000 247


LeAF Studio are pleased to be part of Operation Encompass.

Encompass Safeguarding Statement

Operation Encompass is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership enabling support for children and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse. For further detail please click here.

10 Key Principles of Operation Encompass