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Preventing domestic abuse for children and young people report published

Date: 27 July 2015

New research funded by the NIHR PHR Programme reviewing the measures in place to prevent domestic abuse for children and young adults, has published its findings in Public Health Research

The ‘preventing domestic abuse for children and young people’ (PEACH) review evaluated current intervention measures in place for preventing and reducing harm inflicted on children and young people from domestic abuse. The study, undertaken by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in conjunction with the Personal Social Health and Economic Association (PSHE) and Women’s Aid, found that whilst there is a range of innovative work taking place, this tends to be isolated and more needs to be done to inform children about ways to prevent domestic abuse.

Highlighting that schools need to be ready to introduce preventative interventions, the study said this needs to be emphasised and supported through the school curriculum and in subjects such as Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE). Reinforcement across all aspects of school life and at all levels was required, with properly trained and equipped teachers central to effective delivery.

Lead researcher Professor Nicky Stanley of The University of Central Lancashire, said
“Relationships education that enables children and young people to enjoy relationships free from abuse and violence should be part of the national curriculum. Delivering this type of education in schools works to ensure that all young people develop positive attitudes to intimate relationships. It can also be a means of linking those young people at risk of harm from domestic abuse to relevant sources of help.”

Read the full report in Public Health Research