Students showcase photography work to highlight teenage relationship abuse

Northbrook College students have taken part in a domestic abuse project as part of their course, Foundation Degree Photography and will host a gallery evening tonight to share their work with local agencies and the community.

Working with the Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership and Neighbourhood Policing Team, students at Northbrook College have developed and produced a series of images in support of White Ribbon and the launch of This Is Abuse - the teenage relationship abuse campaign from the Home Office.

Kirste McCool, course leader at the college said: “As part of the ethos of the Foundation and BA Top-up Degrees in Fashion, Editorial and Advertising Photography, the students work with outside bodies, charities, community groups and practitioners to give them experience of developing creative ideas and engaging with a variety of clients at a professional level.

“As an under reported issues, especially in young people, they felt that they were a part of the fight to educate young people themselves.”

“The students were delighted to receive commendations from Worth Services for their work and Northbrook College Sussex itself was awarded a certificate of Good Practice for its work in engaging with the community, and in encouraging young people to use their creativity to raise the awareness of domestic abuse.”

District Commander for Adur and Worthing, Chief Inspector Jo Banks said: “It has been very interesting to get perspective from young people in the district on domestic abuse and what it means to them. They have produced some very thought-provoking work and I want to thank them for getting involved in something which is so important to us in the police.”

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I am really looking forward to meeting the students and seeing this creative exhibition of work that has such an important message behind it.

“We need to continue to educate people of all ages so that they have a clear understanding of what constitutes domestic abuse, can see the signs and feel empowered to report it to the police and partners.

“Some young people may not recognise the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship, or that non-physical behaviours are also threatening and abusive. Events like this one can help break down those barriers.”

The event will take place at Northbrook College, Durrington Campus, Littlehampton Road, Worthing, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

There will be an opportunity to hear from the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne about her priority to tackle domestic abuse across Sussex and from Chief Inspector Jo Banks, district commander for Adur and Worthing. There will also be a talk from the Young Persons Violence Adviser for West Sussex.

This event is open to members of the community and agencies to attend.