This is part of the Your Best Friend project, a Tampon Tax funded national campaign which aims to combat domestic abuse through encouraging young women, girls and non-binary people to support their friends to understand abuse and know how to respond and offers up to £25K for initiatives tackling toxic relationships.
Domestic abuse isn’t something just experienced by adults. In the last year, 14% of women aged 16 to 19 reported experiencing abuse. But this is the crux of the problem – many do not recognise control, harassment, and sexual violence in their relationship as domestic abuse, and therefore it is grossly underreported.
We also know that young people are most likely to turn to a friend for relationship advice, but they often feel ill equipped to help. Our recent Your Best Friend research shows 71% of young people have been aware of behaviours that worry them in friends’ relationships and 9 in 10 of these have actively spoken to their friend to try to help.
Young people are now designing a national campaign, including films, podcasts and posters, which will launch in January. To ensure the campaign reaches girls in all corners of England and Wales, £300,000 worth of grants are available for grassroots and youth organisations to share or adapt this campaign to their community, or create something brand new to help young people in their network understand abuse and support their friends.
Applications are open now:
- Grants up to £25K – application deadline: 18 February 2022.
- Grants for up to £10K - first round application deadline: 21 January 2022 then rolling thereafter.