What is the Speak Out Project?
Speak Out is a social action project to raise awareness of abuse in young people's relationships.
Young women under 24 are most likely to experience domestic abuse but many won't recognise it. We believe all young people have a right to education about healthy relationships and deserve support from those around them.
We work with young people to help them learn about domestic abuse, healthy relationships and what to do if they're worried about their own or a friend's relationship. We also offer training for professionals on young people and domestic abuse. Find out more about What We Do.
Emma Humphrey's Memorial Prize
It was an enormous honour to receive the individual Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for 2017 at the FiLia conference.
The prize is for work to raise awareness of male violence against women and children.
It was amazing to be recognised alongside so many inspiring women. Read more on the blog.
Got something to say about young people and relationship abuse? Want to write a blog for Speak Out? We'd love to hear from you!
Sector News & Resources
The Home Office have been updating their 'Disrespect NoBody' campaign aimed at preventing abuse in teenage relationships. Visit the website for young people
www.disrespectnobody.co.uk or download the resources for teaching in PSHE.
The government are currently consulting on their proposed Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. Anyone can fill in the consultation and question 6 specifically asks about educating young people on relationships. You don't have to answer every question, a short version is also available. The deadline to respond is 31st May 2018.
Want more info on what it all means? Why not read the response from some of the expert charities: Women's Aid or EVAW.
Conference on Coercive Control - 11th June 2018
Speak Out is delighted to partner with the Conference on Coercive Control in Bristol!
Why is coercive control so difficult to identify and evidence? How can we increase understanding? The conference shines a light on one of the most prevalent but least recognised forms of abuse.
Tickets are available here.
Over half of young people have experienced controlling behaviour in a relationship and 37% say they don't know where to get help. Work with young people? Want to learn more? We offer free training on domestic abuse and young people.
Women's Aid, Cosmopolitan & BBC Woman's Hour
New research from Cosmopolitan and Women's Aid shows how many young women don't recognise the signs of abuse: two thirds of young women who reported they'd never been in an abusive relationship had actually experienced abusive behaviour.
BBC Woman's Hour covered the findings and spoke to three young survivors about their first serious relationships. Listen here and here.
Training for City of Bristol College Staff
Thanks to City of Bristol college for inviting us to run training for their Study Coaches who are responsible for all students aged 16 -19 in the college. We spoke to them about domestic abuse, healthy relationships, how these things affect young people they work with and how they can help. We're looking forward to going back to run workshops with their students in Mental Health Awareness Week now!