A guest blog by Chief Inspector Graham Goulden, Violence Reduction Unit
“You are in a school corridor with your friends. You notice another friend of yours with his girlfriend. What grabs your attention is the way that he is talking to her. You can’t make out what he is saying but it is clear he is angry. Also, he is holding her tightly by the arm.”
Wow, this has really grabbed my attention. It is clear that some of my other friends have noticed this but have turned the other way. What do I do? If I do say something right now, could it make it worse? My friend might turn on me, might the girl turn on me as well? Ok, this is none of my business, is it?, but I feel really uncomfortable walking past this. If he does this in public what does he do when in private?
If I do nothing I’m saying this is ok, but I know it’s not.
What Should I Do?
The above scenario is becoming more and more common amongst young people within early relationships. Many agencies are reporting that victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse are getting younger. We also know from past research that many young women see this as ‘something that just happens‘ within a relationship and, shockingly, we also know that some men see this as their right.
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