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Sunday 25th November is the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, and begins 16 Days of Action to end violence against women and girls. Domestic abuse support agencies working in partnership across the West Mercia region will be co-ordinating a number of activities and awareness raising events as part of this, and members of the public can get involved too.

Young people are particularly encouraged to help support 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 are 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.

“Whilst 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 emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or can be posted to Jemma Price, West Mercia Women’s Aid, P.O. Box 74, Hereford, HR4 9WB. The closing date for entries is Monday 7th January 2013. The winning entry will be launched on February 14th, which as well as being Valentine’s Day, marks One Billion Rising, an international event also known as V-Day, where people are encouraged to rise and end violence against women.