Why is DAY needed?
Within the UK 25% of girls and 18% of boys are subjected to physical violence by a partner and 72% of girls and 51% of boys are subjected to emotional violence by a partner. It is clear that education for young people about domestic abuse is needed.
This is echoed in the government’s ending violence against women and girls strategy which aims to, “prevent violence from happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviours which foster it and intervening early where possible to prevent it.”
Throughout the UK there are more and more horror stories regarding children and young people enduring sexual exploitation from adults. Due to the way those who experience abuse are groomed by abusers, we feel it is important to ensure those working to address child sexual exploitation are equipped to educate at-risk young people about relationships, as the majority of victims of child sexual exploitation view their abuser as a "boyfriend".
DAY is needed to enable this to happen; to ensure less young people experience, or perpetrate abuse and to give all young people a model for healthy relationships