On Wednesday, October 11th, Safer Futures’ First Light was invited to participate in the “(Un)Healthy Relationships: Do Not Ignore the Signs” conference in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The event focused on preventing harm and addressing the root causes of unhealthy relationships, domestic abuse, sexual violence, and violence against women and girls. It was an enlightening and empowering day that emphasised the urgency of collective efforts to combat these issues.
The conference brought together a remarkable lineup of speakers, each dedicated to addressing the pressing issue of unhealthy relationships and violence against women and girls. Their stories, expertise, and insights shone a light on the need for sustained action in Cornwall and beyond.
Safer Futures’ Impactful Work
One of the highlights of the conference was the opportunity for Safer Futures’ First Light to showcase the impactful work they have been doing. They shared the outcomes of their primary care pilot, a groundbreaking program that offers support to those affected by domestic abuse. The conference attendees were deeply moved by Caroline’s story, a brave survivor who used the GP referral program to escape years of domestic abuse, find safety, and reclaim her voice.
Caroline’s* story is a testament to the power of such programs and the strength of survivors. The Safer Futures Service, through their GP referral program, is providing a lifeline to those trapped in abusive relationships, offering a path towards healing and safety. Their work is invaluable in ensuring that no one suffers in silence and that there is a way out of abusive situations.
In addition to the GP referral program, Safer Futures also discussed their “Healthy Relationships Foundations Program,” which is delivered in partnership with Barnardo’s. This initiative aims to equip individuals with the tools and knowledge to foster healthy relationships and prevent violence against women and girls. Education and awareness are vital components of the fight against domestic abuse and violence, and this program plays a crucial role in achieving that.
The (Un)Healthy Relationships conference was a source of inspiration for all attendees. It showcased the dedication and passion of individuals, organisations and charities committed to making a difference. It also emphasised the importance of unity and collaboration in tackling the pervasive issue of unhealthy relationships and violence against women and girls.
The Road Ahead
As we reflect on this empowering event, it’s essential to recognise that the work is far from over. The stories shared at the conference, including Caroline’s, serve as powerful reminders that there is much to be done. Ending violence against women and girls and fostering healthy relationships requires sustained effort, awareness, and advocacy.
*Name changed to protect anonymity