Over the last few weeks the NDAS team haven't stopped - see some of our favourite moments from Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, and the start of the UN Campaign against Gender-based Violence.
Domestic Abuse Awareness week was an opportunity to raise awareness across the county and to collaborate with organisations and youth groups to discuss issues around healthy relationships and recognising abuse - check out a couple of the highlights from the week including the DIVA (Don't Ignore Violence and Abuse) Walk, Takeover Day and the Open Clasp Theatre Company Stream and local cinema screening.
Takeover Day - check out more information and resources here.
A fantastic day with Victims First Northumbria and Northumberland County Council Participation team.
DA Champions - Raising community awareness about domestic violence is an important part of the NDAS does across Northumberland. In connection to the Northumbria Domestic and Sexual Violence Champions Network, NDAS have been supporting organisational and staff training within statutory and voluntary sectors, so that nominated staff members can become DA Champions. These Champions represent an important link between the Network and community organisations, and they will act as a source of knowledge within their own organisation to improve response to individuals affected by domestic or sexual violence. Having more trained staff within a broad range of organisations across the county will help to locate and identify people affected by abuse at an earlier stage, so that they can access the support services they need.
Training with schools and staff - Prevention Worker, Mark, has been delivering training sessions to schools, with both staff and young people to raise awareness of domestic abuse and violence in teenage relationships, recognising unhealthy relationship behaviours and understanding the impact that domestic abuse can have on children and young people. See Mark's flyer here, to find out more about the specialist training NDAS can provide for schools, staff and students..
'Key Change'- see some incredible shots of the powerful production by Open Clasp Theatre Company. They streamed their performance live to a global audience on 25th November, and since then cinemas and organisations have been hosting their own screenings of the play - bringing issues about coercive control and abuse relationships to wider audiences. NDAS held a screening last week at the Forum Cinema in Hexham.
DIVA Walk - Last Sunday a dedicated group walked the 3.5 miles from Tynemouth Priory to Whitley Bay to raise awareness about violence and abuse. This public event was a great way to make the issue visible, and get people talking about issues that often go ignored and unseen.