Behind Closed Doors has provided support to victims of domestic violence and abuse in the Leeds area since 1997 (www.behind-closed-doors.org.uk). In recent years there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the need to directly support children and young people who live in homes where domestic violence and abuse is present. Intimate Partner Violence in teenage relationships and Adolescent to Parent Violence are also becoming increasingly visible problems.
Behind Closed Doors-orb (www.bcd-orb.org.uk) is a dedicated website where you can search, view and download resources designed to assist you in educating children and young people in a school setting about healthy relationships. The site is also designed to help practitioners support adults, young people and children who are, or have experienced / witnessed domestic violence and abuse.
The Workshop materials at Key Stages 1 and 2 were developed, piloted, revised and trialled in 26 Primary Schools in the Leeds area and the feedback from over 1,500 pupils and 40 Facilitators incorporated in the Workshop materials now available on this site.
At Key Stage 1, the focus is on Healthy Relationships and although there is an underlying foundation of domestic violence and abuse prevention, this is not specifically identified. At Key Stage 2, the issue is clearly identified. The Workshop materials at Key Stages 3 and 4 have been developed from a Youth Work perspective to create real and in-depth discussion about 13 different aspects of Healthy Relationships. Over 600 Secondary pupils and 20 Facilitators have contributed to the development of this module-based material which also provides a range of short, medium and full-lesson options.
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Behind Closed Doors works with both women and men throughout the Leeds district whose lives have been, or are affected by domestic violence and abuse. All women, men and children have the right to live safely, free from fear and harm. Our thanks to the Department for Education for supporting our Education Programme and making this site possible.
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