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HC-1gAn inaugural conference which aims to offer professionals the tools to help hard to reach groups is set to take place later this month.

The event – which is the first of its kind to be organised by West Mercia Women’s Aid, South Shropshire Domestic Violence Service and The Shropshire Providers Partnership of Refuge – will take place on Thursday 28 November at The Gateway Education and Arts Centre in Shrewsbury.

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A leading organisation in the fight against domestic abuse has launched a special programme aimed at school children across the county.

head5The GREAT Project – a healthy relationship and domestic abuse awareness project for pupils in Year 6 – will be piloted in 5 schools across Herefordshire.

The project came about following some collaborative working between West Mercia Women’s Aid and Equation in Nottinghamshire – formerly The Nottingham Domestic Abuse Forum. 

Equation had designed, delivered, piloted and evaluated The GREAT Project; an enormous success, it was adopted by all but 2 schools.  West Mercia Women’s Aid saw an opportuhead4nity to bring The GREAT Project to West Mercia and – with the assistance of Equation – the organisation was able to achieve this.

A film crew from Children in Need will be spending a day at the Hereford headquarters of West Mercia Women’s Aid later this week.

The footage – which will focus on 8 young people’s experience of domestic abuse – will be broadcast on Children in Need Day 2013 on Friday 15 November.

West Mercia Women’s Aid and Children in Need have a strong relationship with Children in Need funding a post over 3 years to deliver the organisation’s CRUSH project to children and young people whose mothers have been domestically abused.

West Mercia Women's Aid were thrilled to hear the news that Hereford City Sport's Club had raised £1611.07 from their charity from the Tug of War event in July. Year on year the club has exceeded its fundraising target as the yearly event has become bigger and better.  WMWA staff were presented with the cheque on Friday 6th September at the club's staff event.

WMWA would like to thank the club for their continued support and all those that volunteered on the day to make the event such a success.

West Mercia Women’s Aid is urging women and girls across the region who are, or who have recently been, victims of abuse to come forward and seek support.

According to the Home Office, last year around 1.2 million women suffered domestic abuse, over 400,000 were sexually assaulted, 70,000 were raped and thousands more were stalked.  These crimes are often hidden away behind closed doors, with the victim suffering in silence.  Fewer than 1 in 4 people who suffer abuse at the hands of their partner – and only around 1 in 10 women who experience serious sexual assault – report it to the police.