MEMBERS of a local domestic abuse project have been turning their hands to jewellery design in a bid to keep it up and running.
Women from the ‘DAWN’ (Domestic Abuse Working Network) Project have joined forces with ‘Dawn’s Little Sister’, a self-help group which helps women once they leave abusive relationships, to design and manufacture jewellery.
Launched in 2012, the DAWN Project has supported more than 500 women and children in the Warndon, Tolladine, Gorse Hill, St Johns and Ronskwood areas of the city, specialising in offering women face to face support, building up trusting relationships and helping to empower women to make their own decisions and move forward in their lives.
On sale in St Richard’s charity shop, St Swithuns Street in Worcester, each bespoke piece is designed around the project’s symbol, a butterfly.
The project comes at a time when The Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence is spearheading the national White Ribbon campaign locally.
Committed to helping and supporting men, women and children affected by domestic abuse and promoting healthy and respectful relationships, The Forum is encouraging residents throughout the county to say no to all forms of abusive relationships during the campaign.
Helen Scarrett, Chief Executive Officer of Worcester Community Trust, which runs the DAWN Project said: “Domestic abuse knows no boundaries and can be experienced by all classes, ethnicities and religions. There are a whole host of reasons why people stay in abusive relationships, be it fear over children or fear of not being believed.
“This latest jewellery making project has helped our members rediscover their creative side and importantly, will raise much needed funds to support our valuable work.”
Martin Lakeman, Strategic Co-ordinator for The Forum said : “The DAWN Project is an excellent initiative and one that has made a significant difference to those seeking support. Not only are we encouraging residents to wear the symbol of the campaign, the internationally recognised white ribbon, but also buy a piece of jewellery thereby helping support its excellent work.
Referrals to the DAWN Project come from both statutory and voluntary agencies including the police and the health service as well as self referrals.
To make a referral call 07713200699 or -email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re in need of help and support either call the Worcestershire 24 hour domestic abuse helpline on 0800 980 3331 (for both men and women) or Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre’s Helpline