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Schools urged to tackle abuse

SCHOOLS should help pupils cope with domestic violence - to show them where to go for advice and how to support victimised classmates, according to a new report.

It claims that work in schools on domestic violence would show abused children that they are not alone and help friends and teachers understand when victims talk about what is happening at home.

The report, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, from the Local Government Association, shows that youngsters from violent backgrounds fall behind at school, play truant more often and develop emotional and behavioural problems. And it warns that they too can develop violent tendencies.

Rosie Sanderson of the LGA's social affairs and health committee, said:

"Domestic violence has a devastating effect on youngsters and there must now be education in school which would help the children involved to realise they are not on their own.

"It would also help their friends and teachers to understand what is happening in the child's home, what signs to look for and what questions to ask if the youngster seeks assistance."

'Domestic violence and child abuse' costs pound;15 (pound;10 for local authorities) and is available from the Local Government Management Board, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5QU.

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