Hideout to inform young on abuse

Women's Aid has launched the first national domestic violence website for children and young people.

The Hideout website, at www.thehideout.org.uk, is designed to inform young people about domestic violence, help them identify whether it is happening in their homes and provide support and information.

Research by teen magazine Sugar shows that one in five teenage girls has been hit by a boyfriend. One in three has experienced some form of abuse at home.

Supported by BT and BBC Children in Need, the website uses interactive quizzes and games to help its users consider the issues that surround domestic violence.

"Last year, more than 20,000 children stayed in refuges in England," said Nicola Harwin, chief executive of Women's Aid. "Many more live with the daily fear of domestic violence. The Hideout will play a vital role in helping them find the support they desperately need."

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