Strictly No Domestic Violence, says Croydon school campaign
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Campaign
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Strictly Come Dancing stars and Croydon Council are launching a school campaign to help the silent victims of domestic violence.
Dancer Kristina Rihanoff and judge Len Goodman’s son James helped to form the Dot Com Foundation charity with founder and domestic violence victim Sharon Doughty, who has developed the learning programme to support children.
The campaign is part of Croydon Council’s early intervention work to support young people.
Doughty will be at the Community Space in Croydon Council’s Bernard Weatherill House headquarters on March 5 to launch the campaign, along with pupils from Woodside schools, where the learning plan has been piloted.
Dubbed "Values Versus Violence", the programme teaches pupils about right and wrong behaviour, and how to ask for help if they are victims of physical or sexual abuse. The pupils will share what they have learnt.
Doughty said: "I believe this will be a landmark day for at-risk children, and I hope it will become a model for other local authorities to follow across the capital.”
The same evening sees the official launch event at the Home Office’s central London headquarters.
In addition to a dance performance from Kristina and fellow Strictly dancer Robin Windsor, the event will feature children from the Pegasus Academy.
Guests will also include Len Goodman and former Strictly contestant Lisa Riley, both of whom have pledged their support.