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Teachers Get Tips on Helping Students Dealing with Domestic Violence

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PASCO, Wash.-- Research shows that children who are dealing with domestic violence at home, often bring those problems with them to school.

Tri-Cities area teachers participated in a workshop Thursday to help them spot the signs that show their students are struggling.

Teachers took on the role of counselor to learn how to help their students who are dealing with domestic violence at home.

Domestic Violence Services and Safe Harbor Support Center hosted the workshop.

The goal is to give educators the tools to notice the signs of domestic violence abuse and the resources to help a child.

Some of the things to look for as signs of abuse that were mentioned at the workshop are withdrawal from class or activities, overreaction, their quality of school work changing and low self-esteem.

"It's good to have a keen eye for what might be going on in a young persons life to help them be more successful and get the right help to them," said Ralph LeCompte, Kennewick School District.

The workshop also covered how abuse can alter the way a child thinks and even their brain chemistry, that create bad reactions at school and harm their overall well being.

The workshop also shared some tips with teachers on how to approach an intervention and ask a child if something is wrong.