Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, headteacher, Anderton Park School
A primary school head teacher says that some children as young as five in her school see domestic violence as normal.
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head of Anderton Park Primary School in Sparkhill is calling for a campaign to change attitudes in the city after discovering that some of her pupils see nothing wrong with their mum being hit.
The youngsters also saw both violent and non-violent abuse of women as ordinary.
The school, which has inspected as part of last year's Trojan Horse inquiry, was praised by Ofsted for its promotion of equality and tolerance, as well as protecting children from extremism.
In 2013 the Mail revealed that in just one 12 month period police recorded 8,657 domestic violence related offences, with 7,230 victims.
A report to the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership said attacks in the home accounted for ten per cent of all recorded crime in the West Midlands and 28 per cent of violence against the person offences.
It is also believed to be massively under-reported.
Ms Hewitt-Clarkson said schools, particularly in inner-city areas, should not 'shy away' from challenging sexism and homophobia.
"Tackling the underlying causes is a massive issue.
"In my school anecdotally I would say that domestic violence is on the increase. It is hugely under reported.
"Because really young children in my school think violence is absolutely fine towards women, absolutely fine - 'just hit your mum, what's wrong with that'."
She said that she has seen some boys treat their mums disgracefully on the playground, throwing bags and coats at them, and staff are told to challenge that.
And the head teacher is keen that girls, whose academic performance seems to tail off as they get older, are given the same career and academic opportunities as boys.
While boys attitudes to girls are also challenged.
"We would be talking less about victims and perpetrators if we tackled these underlying causes in an effective way.
"I would really like to see the council, police, education and health services working together on some very simple messages to the people of Birmingham; that violence is wrong, women are equal to men always and children are not property - a mantra that we can all repeat until we are blue in the face.
Ms Hewitt-Clarkson has previously hit the headlines as one of the head teachers who spoke out over Trojan Horse - the attempts to undermine senior staff and promote a hard-line Islamic ethos in secular inner-city schools.
She has won praise for promoting equal rights and challenged homophobia in school.
She also works closely with the Muslim Women's Network and the charity Pure Hearts to challenge sexism.
The council's social cohesion and community safety scrutiny committee is currently investigating the extent and possible action to stem the tide of domestic and relationship violence in the city. Last month they heard that, based on National Crime Survey statistics there were an estimated 25,000 cases of domestic violence in Birmingham during 2013, including all offences not recorded by the police.
Committee chairman Coun Mariam Khan (Lab, Washwood Heath) said: "It is about time we got this message out across the city that domestic abuse and violence is not acceptable. It should not be seen as OK."
She said that the committee has seen and heard a great deal of evidence during its enquiry and will be reporting its findings later this year.