4th May 2016
South Devon College A Level student Annabelle Gillard will be launching Project DAVE (Domestic Abuse Victim Equality) on Friday 6th May 2016. Annabelle created the project with the focus of bringing victim equality into domestic abuse campaigns.
Annabelle was inspired after seeing a poster campaign published by the Home Office depicting domestic abuse. She said, “they published 4 posters, 2 were aimed at male abusers and 2 were aimed at female victims. It made me think of my younger brothers and the thought of them growing up in a world where they might not be identified as being a victim made me quite upset. That’s when I came up with the idea of Project DAVE.”
Youth Genesis, the charity Annabelle works with, were happy to support her project and work soon got underway after she gathered a team. “We did a photo shoot in February and the young people involved were the models, one is an aspiring photographer so he did the photo shoot himself. We sourced all of the props ourselves, it was completely independent and we all worked really hard on it”.
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP came across the project during a trip to the Youth Genesis centre in Brixham. Recognising the powerful message being portrayed she engaged with the project instantly and offered her support. Sarah will be attending the launch as a special guest and will be delivering a speech.
The Project DAVE launch will be taking place at 4:30pm at Brixham United Reformed Church, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8NE.