Earlier this week the Birmingham Mail reported one Birmingham Head Teacher’s plea for a campaign to tackle views on domestic abuse amongst primary school pupils. 

According to Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, children as young as five at her Sparkhill based primary see domestic violence as normal and teachers have been instructed to step in to challenge some pupils’ ‘disgraceful’ treatment of their mothers.

At W.A.I.T.S, we believe that domestic abuse and discrimination against women should have no place in our society. We offer support services and refuge accommodation for victims of domestic abuse and capacity building services to empower women to reach their full potential. Stories like these serve as a reminder of the importance of the work we, and many other organisations working in this field, do.

We sincerely hope that Ms Hewitt-Clarkson’s request for a meaningful cross-sector response to domestic abuse in Birmingham is acted upon and will continue to play our part to support and empower victims of domestic abuse. For more information on W.A.I.T.S click here.

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A primary school head teacher says that some children as young as five in her school see domestic violence as normal.

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head of Anderton Park Primary School in Sparkhill is calling for a campaign to change attitudes in the city after discovering that some of her pupils see nothing wrong with their mum being hit.

The youngsters also saw both violent and non-violent abuse of women as ordinary.

The school, which has inspected as part of last year’s Trojan Horse inquiry, was praised by Ofsted for its promotion of equality and tolerance, as well as protecting children from extremism.

In 2013 the Mail revealed that in just one 12 month period police recorded 8,657 domestic violence related offences, with 7,230 victims.

A report to the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership said attacks in the home accounted for ten per cent of all recorded crime in the West Midlands and 28 per cent of violence against the person offences.

It is also believed to be massively under-reported…

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