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West Mercia Women’s Aid wants to extend an invite to all young people in Shropshire who want to understand how healthy relationships work and how to recognise potentially abusive ones:  come and do the CRUSH programme with us!  The programme is full of useful information and guidance, as well as being interactive and fun.

West Mercia Women’s Aid, who have 30 years’ experience of running domestic abuse services across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, has already achieved excellent results with the CRUSH programme, which has been accredited by Worcester University, with over 5000 young people accessing the programme through groups, briefings & workshops.

Kerry Gibson-Yates, Director of Operations at West Mercia Women’s Aid, explained: “With 75% of girls, and 50% of boys reporting that they have an emotionally abusive partner, and as much as a third reporting sexual violence by a partner, it is imperative that people are fully aware of the help and support services available to them. We launched Crush as part of a wider support and awareness-raising campaign, specifically designed to help young people understand healthy and unhealthy relationships, and stay smart whilst dating.”

Crush is a structured programme of group support and empowerment for young people aged 13 – 19 years of age who have witnessed, experienced, or are at risk of domestic abuse, and offers youngsters the opportunity to learn how to avoid abusive relationships, safely exit existing ones, and make themselves safer when exposed to domestic abuse in their home environment.

Kerry continued: “I’d urge anyone currently suffering domestic abuse, or who knows someone who is, to contact us through our confidential 24-hr helpline on 0800 783 1359. To make a referral to the CRUSH Project please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the dedicated CRUSH line on 0800 014 9084.”