By ROBYN GRAY
A Byron Shire interagency group of women has won a New South Wales Government Violence Against Women Prevention Award, and two Mullumbimby High School Year 12 students have been commissioned to create a television commercial as part of the community campaign against violence towards women.
The theme of the campaign is Expect Respect, and the students, Mia Forrest and Petra McNeilly-Routledge last year won a competition that now has them creating their commercial.
The campaign being run by the Northern Rivers Area Health Service has already seen an increase in the numbers of young people between the ages of 14 and 24 seeking help in unhealthy relationships.
Kim Kendall who accepted the award from the Premier at Parliament House, said it was important for young people to talk to someone if they felt their relationships were showing signs of becoming unhealthy, or they were becoming unhappy or hurt.
The signals include jealousy, physical or verbal abuse and situations where one person controls the other through fear, intimidation or put downs.
Ms Forrest said the aim was to include violence against boys as well as girls. She and Ms McNeilly-Routledge will consult with their peers in the development of the commercial which will be produced locally for national broadcast.
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