Project DAVE- tackling Domestic Abuse in Torbay

(Last Updated On: June 30, 2018)

These images arepart of the Project DAVE (Domestic Abuse Victim Equality) initiative. They were created by a talented team of young people from local charity Youth Genesis Trust.

The project is a response to government posters tackling domestic abuse, which painted men as the sole perpetrators, and which limited the victim outreach to heterosexual females. Project DAVE’s response involves 7 new posters, created independently, that shows the other side of the story – that men and members of the LGBT community also suffer from domestic abuse in all its different forms.

The team hopes that issues raised in some of the images will encourage people to recognise abusive behaviour and encourage conversations about healthy relationships.

The project started in Brixham, and has gone on to gain recognition from the Home Office, from national high profile charities and even internationally – gaining interest from a charity based in Perth, Australia.

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Kevin Dixon went to Audley Park – now Torquay Academy – and South Devon College when it was at Torre. After studying at Birmingham City University, he returned home because there’s nowhere else quite like Torquay. He then became involved in community and adult education, completed a PhD at Exeter University , and started writing about the weird and unknown side of town. He now Chairs Healthwatch Torbay and is involved in health and social care in the Bay.