Starting in Schools – New Refuge report into young women’s understanding and recognition of domestic violence

The findings of a Refuge survey into young women’s understanding and recognition of domestic violence have been explored in the new report, Starting in Schools.

The survey, which was carried out by YouGov, explored how well women aged 18-24 understand their human right to a life free from violence and recognise the warning signs of abuse. Starting in Schools analyses the findings of this survey and makes recommendations for the role of education in preventing domestic violence.

The main findings of the survey indicated:

  • 81% of women said they received no information about domestic violence when they were at school and two thirds of them would have liked to have had lessons about domestic violence
  • 95% of respondents recognised physical abuse as domestic violence but only a quarter of respondents understood the more subtle techniques of control such as jealousy and possessiveness as indicators of domestic violence
  • And yet approximately a quarter of all the women questioned had experienced jealousy and possessiveness in an intimate partner relationship
  • 50% of respondents said they had experienced at least one of the warning signs
  • Of this 50% just over a third of respondents said they had spoken to someone about the abuse – friends, followed by family, were the most trusted confidantes

The research was funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Starting in Schools report

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