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Domestic abuse notifications to schools.

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship but it isn’t just physical violence – domestic abuse includes emotional, physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse.

Abusive behaviour can occur in any relationship. It can continue even after the relationship has ended. Both men and women can be abused or abusers.

Domestic abuse can seriously harm children and young people. Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships. 

The impact on children is likely to influence their development and social skills. To promote early support and identification of safeguarding concerns Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Police have been developing a method of safely informing schools of domestic incidents they have attended where a child attends the school. Phase one will include all incidents of domestic abuse for statutory school aged children when known to the police so that schools are aware of safeguarding concerns at all levels.

Safer Derbyshire is our domestic abuse support and information services in Derbyshire.

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