Women's Aid launch campaign to help young people spot "red flags" for abuse
1 in 5 young people have experienced by intimate relationship abuse.
The majority of young people feel a responsibility to intervene if they suspect a friend might be the victim of intimate relationship abuse. However, very few believe it is easy to spot the signs of this abuse.
A new study by Women's Aid found that 81% of young people surveyed said they would want to intervene if a friend was experiencing abuse but only 16% they would find it easy to spot the signs.
Spotting the signs of abuse early is crucial. Many young people said they didn't know if behaviours such as a partner getting jealous frequently or looking through their phone were warning signs for abuse.
Actions like this are considered "red flags" for unhealthy relationships that could be potentially abusive, according to Women's Aid.
The study also highlighted several barriers which might prevent people from intervening in a relationship they believe to be abusive. These include fears about making the situation worse, concerns about misreading the signs of abuse, and worries about saying the wrong thing.
Women's Aid has now launched an awareness campaign, titled Too Into You, ahead of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which runs from 25 November to 10 December. The campaign aims to help people spot the signs of intimate relationship abuse and reach women who need support.
Sarah Benson, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said that young people are “crucial allies” for their peers who are experiencing abuse.
"The findings of this national research show us that while young people feel a responsibility to look out for friends who might be experiencing abuse, they have concerns around making the situation worse and keeping their friends and loved ones safe,” she said.
“There is an awareness gap on the causes and warning signs of abuse amongst young people. If young people are empowered and equipped, they will be able to start the conversation with friends and help them in a supportive and safe way.”
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised contact Women’s Aid on 1800 341 900.