What is Domestic Abuse?
The new cross-Government definition of domestic violence and abuse from March 2013 is:
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:
This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
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.
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: http://thehideout.org.uk/young-people/home/
New app – ‘For Me’ to help young people find support online: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/childline-launches-new-app/
24-hour Domestic Violence helpline: 0808 2000 247