October: Offers for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Imagine coming home after a day at school and, even before you place the key in the lock, you’ve checked whether Dad’s car is parked outside, you’ve checked if Mum is back from work, you listen to see if there are voices raised.

Your heart is beating fast as you slowly and quietly turn the key in the lock and step into the house. You look around, does anything smell strange, are there any broken crockery or ripped up papers on the floor?

Is there music on really loud? Is the door to your parents’ bedroom shut and locked…can you hear anger, sadness, pain?

Statistically, a percentage of your pupils will live in abusive homes.

What if they don’t see this as unusual? What if they don’t know what it’s like to live without fear?

What if some of your students ‘normal life’ includes violence and emotional abuse?

What if they are scared of one of their parents, usually their father-figure* and have to walk on eggshells in their own home?

What if they are sent to their rooms when a certain ‘mood’ hits the house?

Your PSHE and RSE curriculum exists to enable schools to discuss elements of peoples’ lives that don’t – and often cannot – be spoken about elsewhere at school or in the curriculum.

In the year-ending March 2017, 1.2 million women in England and Wales reported experiencing domestic violence of one sort or another.**  Domestic Violence, Abuse and Coercive Control is commonplace and often misunderstood or downplayed…as a result it often isn’t explored in detail.

This is where I can help.

My sister was killed by her partner in 2012 after a three-year relationship defined by regular violent incidents. She didn’t tell anyone about what was happening to her. I decided in 2014 that I should honour Sarah and tell her story.

I tell Sarah’s story to change young people’s lives.

Stories empower, shock, enlighten and change opinions and behaviour. This is what I aim to do and so these offers will help you to change your student’s awareness and understanding.

For October 2020, during #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth I’m offering two things for you which will help you boost your PSHE and RSE delivery and allow you to discuss this difficult but essential topic:

  1. Live 45 minute or one-hour keynotes or assembly sessions which can be beamed in virtually to your school including Q&A and worksheets for you to use as follow up in RSE / PSHE sessions. Any day to suit your school, most times of the day for a flat fee of £250, instead of the usual £395. (with 10% going to Refuge – the Domestic Violence Charity)

OR

  1. One year’s access to Sarah’s Story as a pre-recorded set of three films delivered by me for you to show as many times as you wish over the course of a year including a teacher preparation film, one 15 minute keynote featuring Sarah’s story and another 15 minute film which is a set of discussion points backed up with paperwork which will be emailed as PDF printable sheets. This is £249 instead of the usual £295, again with 10% going to Refuge.

The ‘LIVE’ offer is for bookingsmade in October 2020 but can be delivered at any time in this academic year. The online pre-recorded version can obviously be shown as many times as you wish across your whole school.

Please contact us if we can help you in any way – you have until the end of October to take advantage of these offers. You will find our contact form here: https://innovativeenterprise.co.uk/contact/

Cheers,

 

Bernie.

 

Further reading:

Here’s a link to an article written by Elisa Menendez and published last October on the Metro newspaper’s website: https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/14/brother-woman-murdered-nagging-partner-teaches-teens-domestic-violence-10917811/

Here is the link to the web page:  https://innovativeenterprise.co.uk/portfolio/domestic-violence-sarahs-legacy/

Here’s the link to Refuge for information about their work supporting women who are experiencing Domestic Abuse:  https://www.refuge.org.uk/

Crossing The Line by John Sutherland is an excellent book featuring a section on Domestic Abuse and its effects on society and about what Public Services regularly see: https://www.weidenfeldandnicolson.co.uk/titles/john-sutherland-2/crossing-the-line/9781474612388/