Domestic violence lessons for youngsters

Children in Torbay as young as 5, are going to be taught about domestic violence

It comes as the local council admits levels of abuse are high, right across The Bay.

Annie Hargreaves advises the authority, she told Heart children should be told they do not have to abuse people, even if it’s something they have experienced.

She said: “every child who witnesses domestic violence will not become a perpetrator, but it will affect their attitudes towards relationships. We want to offer a balance to that. Girls expect to be hit and expect to be asked where they are. Boys have some very questionable expectations around their relationships with women”.

They are hoping the changes, likely to come in September, will encourage youngsters to question how they behave and see they have choices.


For further advice if you or a friend is experiencing domestic abuse, contact:

Torbay Refuge

Crisis accommodation for women and children

Tel: 01803 524594


Domestic Abuse Support Service

Free comprehensive support for men, women and transgender people who are or have experienced domestic abuse

Tel: 01803 217614


Bridge Associates

Domestic Abuse Educational and Therapeutic Services (including Children's Group, Pattern Changing and SEEDS)

Tel: 0845 053 5627


Safer Communities Torbay

Tel: 01803 841274


Men's Advice Line & Enquiries

Advice and support for men in abusive relationships

Tel: 0808 801 0327


Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

General Enquiries (24 hours)

Tel: 08452 777444


In an emergency dial 999