Children to get classes in domestic violence against women

Claire Phillipson of Wearside Women in Need

Claire Phillipson of Wearside Women in Need

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PLANS have been welcomed on Wearside to educate schoolchildren about the problem of violence against women and girls.

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is working with Seema Malhotra, Shadow Minister for preventing violence against women and girls, to get the subject onto the school curriculum.

Claire Phillipson, director of Wearside Women in Need, said the initiative is long overdue.

“I think it’s a great idea. We need to work on prevention, instead of continuing to be faced with dead women, beaten women and abused children.

“As long as this is dealt with in an age-appropriate manner, which I’m sure it will be, I think it’s long overdue.”

The initiative would bring the issue of violence prevention into Personal, Social and Health Education classes, starting for youngsters at Key Stage 1 for five to seven-year-olds.

Vera Baird said: “It’s important we take every opportunity to help educate children about this important issue, which adversely affects too many lives in the North East.

“By educating our young people from an early age we can make sure children understand that non-violent relationships are healthy and normal.

“Moreover, those that cause harm, whether physical or through coercive and controlling behaviour are not acceptable in our society.”