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‘Meredith’

‘Meredith’

Name: 'Meredith'
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: North East
Campaign: To help young people recognise the signs of domestic abuse

Many people might assume that domestic abuse is just physical, but this isn't always the case.

 

I’ve previously been in a relationship with an abusive partner, who would often verbally and physically attack me.

 

It’s my view that young people new to relationships may not always recognise that their partner’s behaviour is controlling or emotionally abusive.

 

For this reason, I’m working on a Fixers campaign to help young people spot the signs of abuse earlier.

 

Hopefully, by educating others my age, we can help them better understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, so that those experiencing abuse will know to seek help.

Thank you to my team for helping me with this campaign. As I have decided to remain anonymous, my team members cannot be listed.

Affinity Sutton

Affinity Sutton, one of the largest housing associations in England, is backing our campaign.

 

With over 57,000 homes and a 100-year history, the charitable organisation is working in partnership with Fixers to help support young people across the country address the issues they want to fix.

 

Langley Castle Hotel

Thank you to hotel manager Anton Philips for allowing us to film our Fixers film in the castle and on the grounds.

Bright Futures
Helen Bowman from the Bright Futures Young Women's Project agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.

 

November 2014

Bright Futures invited me and my team to launch our Fixers campaign at their AGM meeting, which was the day after White Ribbon Day.

 

Approximately 40 people attended the screening of our film. The audience included the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, community ambassadors, service users, volunteers, parents, councillors, solicitors and members of the ambulance service.

The feedback we received on our project and Fixers film has been really positive. Here is what some attendees had to say:

 

Councillor Joyce Welsh: 'This is a wonderful piece of work. Well done to you all!'

 

Laura Croft, David Gray Solicitors: 'Good job! Liked the fairy story theme and the idea of the Prince Charming not turning out to be so charming after all.'

 

Anna: 'I found this really useful and it gives me an idea of what kind of people I should be with.'

 

Alison: 'Great at getting the point across and easy to follow. Brilliant DVD!'

 

Stella: 'This was an amazing DVD, which is perfect for young children, who will be able to understand the message which they are trying to get across.'

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