Barbados Nation:–  Fourteen-year-old boys are slapping around their female colleagues in an effort to exercise maximum control over them in abusive relationships.

Chairman of the Service Alliance for Violent Encounters (SAVE) Foundation, Barbara Daniel-Goddard, made this revelation during an outreach event in Independence Square, The City, on Saturday. It was held to educate the public about their rights as it relates to abuse and how to report such.

“Teachers are aware of young girls and boys from age 14 to 16 having conflict relationships. The boys are slapping around the girls, calling them [demeaning names], controlling the time they spend on their phone and what they are wearing, and telling them what they should and should not do,” said Daniel-Goddard.

She said a number of organisations were working with schools to address the issue, but those groups were only invited to the school at the end of term