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Sabrina

Sabrina

Name: Sabrina Rafferty
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Wrexham, Wales
Campaign: To end domestic violence

My group of Fixers and I have created an interactive art installation to address the issue of domestic violence. The installation comprised a large house made of cardboard, which acted as a screen for a film about domestic violence.

 

My group and I realise that many women experience domestic violence, even in our area. Over the years, I’ve met people who had been victims themselves, or had witnessed someone else suffer.

 

Every member of the group has experienced domestic violence in some way, whether first-hand or hearing accounts from friends and family. It is terrible that it still continues, and that a lot of women do not know where to turn to for help.

 

Through this project, we hope we have shown victims of domestic abuse that there is help at hand, and told them exactly where they can find the support they need.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:

 

 

Bethan Jones Ellie Hodges Jessica Huxley
Macauley Hart Connor Crump Manon Wyn Thomas
Scott Ragof Jordan Mackenzie Connor Cranston
Nathan Gregory Kurtis Gregory Mark Edgerton
Shannon Louise Griffiths       Clara Marie Evans Connor Griffiths
Jon Colley Andrew Owens Leanne Jones
Kerry Jones Taylor Jones Richard Davies
Charlotte Brennan Katie Jones Penny Anderson
Paige Stone Sara Louise Rafferty Lyndsey Evans
Gemma Oakley Ryan Berry Suzanna May Blakeley        
Kadie Jones Elyse Hansbury  Katrina Kregar-Ruck
Leanne Crilliam Lauren Jones Kirsty Challoner
Leanne Hodkinson Kathryn Owen Hannah Thackaberry
Jess Owens Sophie Robinson Charlotte Jones
Nicole Jones Megan Christina Fraser     Samantha Siddle-Hatfield      
Sarah Hughes Vicky Griffiths Rebecca Sian Jones
Kayleigh Evans Rebekah Ellis  

Hafan Cymru

The supported housing association for vulnerable women and children provided us with information and stories, which we used for our Fixers project.

 

Wrexham Women's Aid

The charity, which provides support and services to women and children in crisis, provided stories and poems, which we used for our Fixers project.

 

All Wales Helpline

A bilingual information signposting service to help and guide people with experience of domestic abuse or sexual violence, who are in need of information or access to support services.

 

BAWSO

The charity, which supports people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds who are affected by domestic abuse and other forms of abuse, provided general support and showed interest in our Fixers project.

 

Barnardo's Cymru

The charity, which works with vulnerable children, young people, families and communities, helping them to build a better future, provided general support and showed interest in our Fixers project.

 

Amethyst

A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for the North Wales area, offering a confidential service for men, women and children who have been sexually assaulted, either recently or in the past. They provided leaflets about our campaign.

 

The Wallich

A Welsh homelessness charity, who offers help and advice to homeless and vulnerable people, supports our Fixers campaign.

 

ACT Training

The Welsh apprenticeship provider, offering work placements and apprenticeship opportunities, has supported my project by connecting me to the Fixers helping me with this campaign.

October 2013

We launched our art installation at the Fixers ‘pop-up shop’ in Wrexham on 9th September and it was on display all week.

 

Before the launch, the MP for Wrexham, Ian Lucas, came to see our project at the shop. He told us he was impressed with the house and thought it was visually striking.

 

We received the following feedback from people who watched our film:

 

‘I think it’s great and shows the different options available for women. There are plenty of charities out there that can help.’

 

‘Relationships are about love not hate. It is a good project which has a friendly appeal to it. It shows women affected that they are not alone.’

 

‘It shows women suffering domestic violence that they are not alone and that there is help available.’

 

‘I found the domestic violence project very interesting. I found the video inspirational as it showed women who live in the local area overcoming domestic violence. The house is a very good idea as it represents the theme of the project. It is an extremely delicate subject that has been approached well.’

 

‘I think the film was a real eye-opener. It shows people who may be suffering from abuse that there is a way out and there are places that offer help and advice. The film also shows women who are suffering, that they are not alone.’

 

 

Our Fixers film projected on to the wall of our cardboard house at the 'pop-up shop' in Wrexham.

 

August 2013

On Monday 19 August, Fixers opened a ‘pop-up shop’ in the People’s Market on Chester Street in Wrexham.

 

The shop will be there for four weeks, providing information and putting on display some of the fantastic work done by local Fixers like me.

 

BBC Radio Wales covered a story about the Fixers 'pop-up shop', and interviewed me and some fellow Fixers about our projects.

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