Teenagers in Crewe and Nantwich are being told to speak out if they are aware of an abusive relationship.

They may not necessarily be the victim or the perpetrator but may know someone who is, say Cheshire Police.

In some cases the abuse may be so much part of a way of life for both the victim and the abuser they are unaware it exists.

PC Elizabeth Stanton, a Cheshire Police Schools Liaison Officer, said:  “It’s a common misconception that relationship abuse just affects adults.

“It’s also easy to forget it is not always physical abuse. Statistics show 75 per cent of girls and 50 per cent of boys have experienced emotional abuse.”

Cheshire Police is supporting the national campaign for awareness of teenage relationship abuse through the Safer Schools Partnership.

PC Stanton added: “It is important to convey to young people abuse in relationships is not normal or acceptable.

“Cheshire Police reiterates the message that abuse is never OK. Anger, jealousy, or alcohol are not acceptable excuses for violence.”

Police say speaking to young people in schools at an early age can help prevent them becoming victims or perpetrators.

“No one should suffer in silence or feel afraid to speak out.”

The national campaign will be targeting girls and boys aged 13-18.

More advice available on the home office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/and http://www.cheshirethesharpsystem.com

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