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An Adult only issue…?

Published: September 2, 2016

There is a myth that continues to circulate that DOMESTIC ABUSE IS AN ADULT ONLY ISSUES. FALSE! FALSE! FALSE!

At the start of 2015 an online survey of 334 young people by CWA found that although all could explain what domestic (relationship) abuse was, 15% thought it only happened when you where an adult living with or married to the person causing harm (which neglects how family members can abuse other family members).

Again, and again in workshops young people have said “but it doesn’t happen to kids…”

It is happening to anyone regardless of age, or any other identifying labels.

1 in 5 young people are reporting experiencing relationship abuse, 1 in 3 young women are reporting sexual assaults – it is happening to young people and ignoring this fact heightens individual risks.

You’re partner doesn’t need to be physically hurt you to be abusive, name calling, threats, stalking, harassment are all types of abuse. Do not put yourself or friends in danger by ignoring this situation.

Domestic Abuse continues to be one of the highest voted campaigns by the Youth Parliament, this site and the Governments Disrespect Nobody (and many other sites) are a response to this rising issue. Educate yourselves, discuss, and ACT ON IT!