Government boosts funding for pupils affected by domestic abuse
Earlier today the government announced that they have awarded £163,000 to charity Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is a “unique Police and Education early intervention… that supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse” by confidentially reporting to schools when a child has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information enables support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
In the statement released today, it was revealed: “statistics have found that as many as 1 in 5 children in the UK are witness to or exposed to domestic abuse and those affected by this horrible crime are 4 times more likely to go on and experience or perpetrate domestic abuse later in life.”
The statement by the Home Office also highlighted this as “the latest in a series of steps the government has taken to transform the way we respond to domestic abuse, and specifically support children.”
However, last week it was reported by the BBC that a third of domestic violence victims are men, yet only 0.8% of resources being allocated to them.
So while the boost of funding has been rightly welcomed, we still have a bit of a way to go to fully ‘transform’ the way the nation thinks and reacts to domestic abuse.