We aim to educate young people about domestic abuse, warning signs and where to get help. We also aim to increase understanding and awareness among professionals. We were founded in 2014 with funding from Starbucks Youth Action. Find out more about what we do here.
I shaved my head for Rape Crisis!
Back in April, I read this article "Only £10 has been donated to Rape Crisis since Broadchurch started - why?" that discusses some of the challenges Rape Crisis centres face raising donations. I was furious that the misconceptions some people have about rape and sexual violence could actually translate into less support for survivors and I decided I would try to raise some money for Rape Crisis continue reading.
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Sector News and Campaigns
Women's Aid looking for survivors of teenage relationship abuse to test a new service...
Did you experience an abusive relationship between the ages of 13 and 18?
Free on Thursday 20th July (evening) in London?
Women's Aid have been building a new online service for younger women (aged 13-18) over the last few months. They're now gathering feedback and testing it with young survivors.
If you were in an abusive relationship in your teens, or know someone who was and would like to help please get in touch with Women's Aid.
Your insight will be vital in helping other young women escape abuse in their first relationships, and make sure the service is working for them.
We love this new short film!
"Screwball!" A comedy drama about Ryan and Natalie - two young people struggling through their first sexual encounter, and having to deal with each other's expectations, a shiny trumpet and way too many cats. Covers consent, peer pressure, the internet's influence on relationships and more. Find more similar films on the website: https://www.truetube.co.uk/
What will compulsory sex and relationships education mean in practice?
Brook and Children and Young People Now have produced a useful article on what the decision to make sex and relationships education compulsory is actually going to mean for primary and secondary schools.
Read it here: www.brook.org.uk/attachments/CYP_Act_Guide.pdf
Our Latest News
Emma Humphrey's Memorial Prize 2017
It was an incredible honour to receive the individual Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize at the Feminism in London conference. The prize is awarded for work to raise awareness of male violence and it was amazing to be recognised alongside so many inspiring women. Read more about the prize and talk on the blog.
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!
Interview on Kicking the Kyriarchy Podcast
We were interviewed for the February episode of Kicking the Kyriarchy - an intersectional feminist podcast series.
Episode 9 explores abusive relationships in the context of queer relationships, growing up in a household with domestic abuse, first love and impacts on mental health. Listen here.
Female Empowerment Network Bristol- Make a Difference Event
FEN Bristol held their brilliant 'Make A Difference' night on 22nd February. Local charities and organisations came together with some of Bristol's 'Feminist Superheroes' to discuss issues that matter to us and how we can work together to make a difference. We were invited to talk about Speak Out and it was a fabulous evening meeting and hearing about so many amazing people and projects!