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East Lancashire police highlight teen domestic abuse
4:27pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
DOMESTIC violence in teen relationships is to be highlighted by Lancashire Police.
An awareness event, aimed at tackling the issue and helping people to recognise the signs of abuse, will take place at the police headquarters in Hutton on Friday.
It is thought that domestic violence occurs widely among youngsters aged 16 to 19, however incidents are not widely reported to the police.
Det Ch Insp Sue Cawley from the public protection unit said: “It is very important that we recognise that abuse can take place in teen relationships.
“We know these types of incidents happen but they just aren’t widely reported.
“We, and the other agencies that deal with relationship abuse, are wanting to raise awareness of this issue especially since the legal definition of domestic abuse changed nationally in April to incorporate those over 16, where it was previously over 18.”
Concerned parents, carers, teachers and friends are also being urged to look out for the following behaviour in potential victims:
- Controlling behaviour
- Physical violence
- Comments about the victim’s appearance saying that he or she is ugly.
Those concerned can contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Advice is available from the National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline on 0808 2000247.
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