News from Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Youngsters invited to get behind abuse war

YOUNG people have been urged to get involved in the 16 Days of Action, an international campaign supported by your Worcester News and the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse.

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Domestic abuse support agencies, who are working in partnership across the West Mercia region, will be coordinating a number of activities and awareness raising events as part of the campaign – and members of the public can get involved too.

Young people are particularly encouraged to help support the 16 days of action, and West Mercia Women’s Aid and the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse have the perfect way for them to show off their creative skills.

The ReFocus project, which is a series of short films made and developed by young people who have experienced domestic abuse, was shown to the Worcestershire and Herefordshire Safeguarding boards.
Feedback from the young people at these screenings highlighted that there is no signposting or information out there for young people to access easily. This inspired the forum to call on them to help change that.

The forum is looking to develop and produce information resources for young people to signpost them in the right direction if they need help and advice on a range of topics relevant to them. Participants can choose to design a card, leaflet, flyer whatever they think will appeal most to young people in the region. “While we have been working with children and young people for some time, we are well aware that many young people aren’t sure where to turn for advice and guidance should they need it,” says Jemma Price, West Mercia Women’s Aid’s CRUSH Project Co-ordinator, which supports young people who are at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse.

Designs can be e-mailed to, or can be posted to Jemma Price, West Mercia Women’s Aid, PO Box 74, Hereford, HR4 9WB.

The closing date for entries is Monday January 7. The winning entry will be unveiled on February 14.