Youngsters’ posters call for stop to abuse

Domestic violence poster designed by a pupil at Shakespeare School in Fleetwood
Domestic violence poster designed by a pupil at Shakespeare School in Fleetwood

Fleetwood youngsters are helping to raise awareness of domestic abuse after taking part in a poster competition.

Representatives from Lancashire Police and Fylde Coast Women’s Aid (FCWA) have been speaking with pupils at Shakespeare Primary School in Fleetwood.

Domestic violence poster designed by a pupil at Shakespeare School in Fleetwood

Domestic violence poster designed by a pupil at Shakespeare School in Fleetwood

The Year 5 pupils were asked to design a poster encouraging young people to speak to an adult they trust if they were experiencing problems and needed support.

Det Chief Insp Sue Cawley, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “We’re doing a lot of work with regards to young people and domestic abuse.

“It’s really important that young people understand what abuse is and what support and advice is available to them.”

Holly Armstrong, nine, won first place with her poster urging people to stop domestic violence and Alex Rowe, 10, was runner-up.

Claire Jackson, a domestic violence and social media worker from FCWA, said: “For too many children and young people, home is far from a safe haven.

Many children of different ages are exposed to domestic abuse.

“Children can live with it for years before seeking help or realising this isn’t what a healthy relationship is like. This can have a profound impact on their lives.”

The work at Shakespeare Primary comes after 10 students from Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College were selected by Lancashire Police and FCWA to get training on how to support domestic violence victims.

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