Abuse in relationships only happens to adults, and it’s just about violence, isn’t it?
In response to concerns nationally that too many young people have experienced some form of emotional or other form of abuse from a partner, the County Council has launched the ‘Treated Badly?’ campaign to tackle the growing problem head on.
Funded by the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the campaign aims to change attitudes early by challenging the view amongst teenage boys and girls that abuse in relationships is acceptable and help them to recognise if it exists in their own relationships.
IS YOUR son or daughter treated badly by their boyfriend or girlfriend?
Could you spot the signs if they were being abused by their partner?
A new, purpose built website at www.treatedbadly.co.uk is now live and encourages young people to take a ‘healthy relationship’ test and identify whether they have negative perceptions, or behaviours that constitute abuse, and where to go for help and advice.
The website also helps young people to recognise types of abuse – namely controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, physical, psychological, emotional, financial and sexual abuse.
Dickie Chester–James, Chief Executive of Staffordshire Women’s Aid, is part of the Staffordshire Domestic Abuse partnership of more than 15 agencies that have contributed to the campaign. She says:
“Relationship abuse can happen to anyone of any age and in any relationship. It can be the boy or girl that is the abuser, and can happen at any time, but can be magnified in times of stress – such as exam time for younger people.
“It can not only wreck lives and stop young people from reaching their potential, but it can also lead to physical violence in the future.
“It’s important that young people identify abuse, and are given the tools to either stop abusing their partners or, if they are suffering abuse, are empowered not to put up with it, and to get out of a harmful relationship with the assistance of professional and confidential help if they need it. “Moreover, it’s about stopping it before it
The website contains really important information, videos and guidance that every young person should see.
“Abuse is never, ever OK. It’s not normal and not acceptable, and I’m encouraging everyone to sign up to the online pledge to speak out and make a stand against relationship abuse.”
The campaign is now featuring in lessons in schools across the county, and parents are being encouraged to get involved too.
Parents are vital role models for their children and can encourage healthy relationships by reflecting this behaviour in their own relationships.
More can be found at www.treatedbadly.co.uk http://treatedbadly.co.uk
Tips, advice and all your questions answered about relationships plus support and help if you need it are also available at http://www.treatedbadly.co.uk
A number of videos are also available like the one below. Do you recognise this story where a girlfriend is made to feel worthless by her boyfriend? What do you think of her situation? Has it happened to you or have you seen something similar happen to a friend?