After the riots of 2011 many across the country and in local communities began a period of soul searching. The government decided there was a link between the violence and gangs. But more specifically they made a link with violence and young people.
The Ending Youth Violence and Gang Crime report was launched in November 2011. Funding was allocated to enable community organisations such as YPAC to address what the government felt was youth violence and gang crime.
YPAC however was aware of differing types of violence which young people are experiencing. Young women accessing YPAC’s evening sessions shared with the youth work team issues and examples in which they felt were most important and posed the greatest risk of violence to girls and young women.
Kerry Cabin from CreaTeam came on board funded from the Youth Violence and Gang Crime grants and asked to work with a group of young women in YPAC.
The group of young women were able to explore the issues of violence, develop and produce the posters below to help and support others in recognising when they are in situation of violence.
What is great about the posters is the mix between hard hitting images with messages and the importance of friendship and seeking support.
However without a doubt the most moving statement was suggested on the poster about self-harm.
Self-harm doesn’t always involve the process of cutting your wrists as demonstrated on the poster. This image was chosen because the young women not only identified this as self-harm but have known people who have self-harmed by injuring themselves through cutting their wrists.
The statement on the poster though is a message which rings true of every young person who is a victim of violence whether self-administered or through a partner, a relative, friend or stranger.