Domestic violence 18-1Police have released a recording of the moment an eight-year-old boy called 999 to tell them his mother was being battered by her partner.

The call was released by Greater Manchester Police as part of the launch of a major campaign against domestic violence.

The boy can be heard pleading ‘help, help it’s my mum and dad’ as the woman screams for help in the background and another child can be heard crying.

Greater Manchester Police say they went to the scene but neither parent would give any information about the incident and said they did not want any police involvement.

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Women's Aid, the national domestic violence charity, says that one incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute and, on average, two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.

Around 10% of the public think that it is "mostly or sometimes" acceptable to hit or slap their partner in response to them having an affair, according to the latest annual Crime Survey for England and Wales.

This rises to 16% of older teenagers, with little difference in attitude between men and women.

Hear the recording by Greater Manchester Police here (WARNING: this clip may contain content which some viewers will find disturbing)