Tackling domestic abuse among Hartlepool teenagers

Harbour support worker Daniel Harrison (right) with Hartlepool 6th Form 2nd year student Shay Miah . Picture by FRANK REID
Harbour support worker Daniel Harrison (right) with Hartlepool 6th Form 2nd year student Shay Miah . Picture by FRANK REID

A DOMESTIC abuse support charity reached out to teenagers as part of a drive to raise awareness.

Harbour support worker Danny Harrison spoke to students when he visited Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

The visit fell on the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In particular, Danny told youngsters how young people now receive greater protection under the law from numerous forms of domestic abuse.

He explained: “The visit was part of our work to raise awareness among 18 to 20-year-olds.

“If you are 16 and in an abusive relationship, you now have more protection than there used to be.”

Danny manned a stand in the college’s atrium and doled out information about the various services Harbour offers.

He added: “Over 150 people filled in response forms which was better than I was expecting.

“They had a lot of questions about who we work with and our remit.

“We have been targeting colleges throughout Hartlepool and have been to the art college and College of Further Education so it was only right we went to Brinkburn as well.”