A MUSIC video has been created by domestic abuse survivors to raise awareness of this issue and highlight what a serious problem it is nationally and within our community.
Desley Whillians, who works as a Domestic Abuse professional for Worcester Community Trust, wrote and performed a song about her own experience of domestic abuse, in the hope that it will encourage others to come forward to access support.
Desley, who now coordinates the Domestic Abuse Champions project for Worcester Community Trust, is keen for people to hear the realities of domestic abuse and get help if they need it. The DAWN project, also part of Worcester Community Trust, provides help and support for any victim or survivor of domestic abuse living in South Worcestershire.
Desley teamed up with local domestic abuse survivors, who are now Domestic Abuse Champions at Worcester Community Trust, to create a music video and tell their stories to help educate the community on how to identify abuse. Worcester Community Trust, Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Children First fully endorse this campaign which is designed to show that domestic abuse can affect individuals from any background, age, gender and ethnicity.
Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Children First both continue to support and help fund projects within Worcester Community Trust, including the Domestic Abuse Champions project.
The service is there for any individual in Worcestershire who is experiencing or has experienced domestic abuse. They offer support to businesses, colleagues, customers, family, friends and the community with free accredited training on offer.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of PH for Worcestershire said: “Covid-19 has highlighted how domestic abuse continues to be a very serious issue. Both Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Children First are behind this poignant campaign.
“We hope this unique video will help everyone understand domestic abuse can happen to anyone no matter what race, gender or background they are from. Help is available and no-one should feel they are alone.”
Ruth Heywood, CEO of Worcester Community Trust said: “The Domestic Abuse Champions project has been so successful in identifying and training key members of our community who are so well placed to reach others and support them into specialist professional services. We are particularly keen to reach people in our hidden communities who may find accessing domestic abuse services more challenging. We hope that this video is shared widely, reaches those individuals and gives them the strength and support needed.”