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Primary school class on domestic violence
8:00pm Sunday 10th March 2013 in News
PRIMARY school pupils are to get “awareness lessons” in domestic violence – now recognised as one of the county’s biggest crime issues.
A pilot programme run by West Mercia Woman’s Aid (WMWA) will initially target five schools serving parts of the county known for violence in the home.
The Herefordshire Community Safety Partnership (HCSP) report, put to Herefordshire Council’s overview and scrutiny committee this week, identifies the extent of domestic violence and abuse in the county as a “growing cause for concern”.
A multi-agency working group is already assessing related strategies and policy, but the report warns that accountability remains with individual organisations to ensure they are fulfilling their specific responsibilities.
WMWA is averaging about 2,000 calls a year with year-on-year rises. Some 30 per cent of all violent crime in the county now has a link to domestic violence and abuse.