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New project set to help put end to abuse issue

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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PUPILS, parents and teachers in Burton are being urged to spot the signs of abusive relationships among teenagers and recognise unacceptable and harmful behaviour with the help of a new online campaign.

Staffordshire County Council has launched the project in a bid to try and raise awareness of abusive behaviour in relationships between young people.

Now, schools across the area are being urged to use a new online project to help youngsters recognise different types of abuse.

The campaign has been funded by Staffordshire police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis,

He said: “Tackling abuse in relationships by intervening at the earliest possible stage is crucial - which is why I’m funding such an important campaign.

“It’s also critical that victims of this type of abusive behaviour get the support they need to help them develop healthy relationships. This campaign is about working together to raise awareness to stop people becoming victims in the first place.”

Staffordshire County Council’s community safety leader Mark Sutton said: “The Treated Badly campaign is all about recognising unacceptable and harmful behaviour, and addressing these issues at an early stage. Having healthy relationships is extremely important no matter what age you are, but research suggests that a lot of young people in particular may not be aware of what constitutes abuse.

“This campaign aims to let all young people know what is and isn’t acceptable in a relationship, and where they can go to get help. It’s not just about victims either; we want to raise the awareness of perpetrators too, so they can take a look at their own behaviour and address it as early as possible.

“To make this a success we need to work together.”

Visit www.treatedbadly.co.uk for more details.

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