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Domestic abuse: Children in the crossfire

Children can be direct victims of domestic abuse and silent victims in the sidelines.

A campaign has been launched to get schools talking about healthy relationships, consent and how domestic abuse can have an impact on children and young people. It also aims to raise awareness of key messages to children and parents.

Information about domestic abuse in Lincolnshire and where to find help and support will be highlighted for children and young people over the coming weeks.

Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), supported by partner organisations, is leading the campaign, highlighting the issues around domestic violence from this Friday, November 25 to December 10.

The campaign coincides with national days of action against domestic abuse and international white ribbon for the elimination of violence against women.

Domestic abuse is a complex and vast subject that effects people of all ages, including children and young people.  The LSCB will focus on some of the crucial themes of domestic abuse to get the message across.

Chris Cook, Chairman of the LSCB, said: "The campaign is about encouraging children, young people and parents to talk about domestic abuse, relationships and who they can go to for support and advice" 

"The LSCB works closely with agencies across the county to protect children and young people. With their parents' support, we hope that this campaign will further help them to stay safe and healthy and raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and Healthy Relationships"

If you think a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm call the Children's Services Customer Service Centre on 01522 782111.  

Always call 999 in an emergency.