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A film crew from Children in Need will be spending a day at the Hereford headquarters of West Mercia Women’s Aid later this week.

The footage – which will focus on 8 young people’s experience of domestic abuse – will be broadcast on Children in Need Day 2013 on Friday 15 November.

West Mercia Women’s Aid and Children in Need have a strong relationship with Children in Need funding a post over 3 years to deliver the organisation’s CRUSH project to children and young people whose mothers have been domestically abused.

The CRUSH project, a local initiative has enjoyed such success that it is being rolled out nationally across the UK later this year.

Developed by West Mercia Women’s Aid, the project was launched in October 2011. Funded by the Big Lottery’s Young People’s Fund it helps teenagers, aged 13 to 19 years, to avoid abusive relationships, end an abusive relationship safely or better manage their exposure to domestic abuse in the household in which they live.

The BBC will be filming a session of CRUSH and individual interviews with the young people aged 15 and 16 years old.

The filming will take place on Friday 11 October and supports West Mercia Women’s Aid backing of national Personal Safety Day which falls on Monday 14 October this year.  Organised by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, it is an annual event that aims at highlighting some of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression.

Since its launch, CRUSH has gone from strength to strength. Since June 2012 it has been running throughout West Mercia and has offered places to more than 250 young people.  In addition, organisations ran ‘closed’ groups throughout the area for 130 further young people.  CRUSH presentations have been delivered to a variety of professional bodies which work with young people, including West Mercia Police – these presentations have reached more than 3000 children and young people.

Jan Frances, Chief Executive of West Mercia Women’s Aid said: “We are delighted to welcome Children in Need to our offices later this week.  The broadcast will be important because it will demonstrate the essential work that has been funded by Children in Need with children and young people exposed to domestic abuse; it will also give the young people involved a voice to highlight what the CRUSH programme has done for them.  For West Mercia Women’s Aid, the broadcast will mean that many more people will have their awareness raised about domestic abuse issues and crucially, introduce the work of CRUSH as a resource for supporting young people to deal with and recover from the effects of violence.”