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Gripping play raises awareness of domestic abuse

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

A hard-hitting performance has been shown to raise awareness of the forms of domestic abuse.

Lynn and Dave Morris from Journeymen Theatre Group deliver their production Rock and a Hard Place

The Haven organised the event in conjunction with Journeymen Theatre Group to deliver their thought-provoking production, ‘Rock and a Hard Place’.

It tells the true story of a teenage girl who finds herself in the cycle of abuse, from which there seems no escape.

The play also highlights the impact of funding cuts of refuges and support available to women in this situation.

Supporters gathered at Wombourne Community Centre to see the cast present this captivating production to help raise vital awareness of abuse and not just the abuse that is visible.

All the money raised from this event will support women and children at The Haven Wolverhampton.

Megan Reece, who featured on The Voice in 2016 and is an Ambassador for The Haven Wolverhampton, said: “The show was honestly incredible it was so well put together and really emotive.

Singer Megan Reece is an ambassador for The Haven

“The story effectively depicted different types of non-violent abuse and ignorant attitudes from outsiders really well, and the struggles refuges have now that finding is being cut so much.

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“They managed to put in loads of awareness and statistics as well without it seeming out of place. It was so clever and educational.”

The performance also marked Domestic Abuse Awareness Month in October.

Hayley Powell, Community Fundraiser at The Haven said: “It is vital that we continue to raise awareness of domestic abuse, many women say he didn’t hit me, so it isn’t abuse.

“We need to create more conversations around coercive control, which isn’t always visible but is an extremely distressing and dangerous situation to live in.

“With the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill and many more landmark trials taking place highlighting historical coercive control and abuse, it is a step in the right direction.

“There is still more we can all do, just by talking about it and reaching more women in our community who may need our support.”

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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