Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour on the part of the abuser designed to control his partner. It can happen at any point in a relationship, including after you have split up.
Anyone forced to change their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner or ex-partner’s reaction is experiencing abuse.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. However, statistics show most domestic abuse is carried out by men and experienced by women.
Domestic abuse is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it.
Domestic abuse is a crime.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, by West Midlands Police, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any Domestic Abuse incident.
Miss Charmwell is the Key Adult in school. She has specific training to allow her to liaise with the Local Authority and to use the information that has been shared in confidence. She will ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a Domestic Abuse incident.
We are always keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils as you know, and we believe that this joint working will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.