Opening Doors to fight domestic violence

Monday, January 14, 2019

EMPOWERING: Opening Doors has been performed 32 times across the Hunter and Central Coast since 2013 and more than 2000 students have participated.TEENAGERS are being called on to help turn the tide on domestic violence.Tantrum Youth Arts is releasing a new round of performance dates for itsOpening Doorsinitiative, thanks to funding from Greater Charitable Foundation.The fourth season of the theatre-in-education experience will be offered to more than 4000 students across NSW between May and August, 2018.
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Opening Doorsaims to empower young people with knowledge on the causes and impacts of domestic violence and the avenues of support available.Written and directed by Tantrum’s producer Tamara Gazzard, it features local young actors as well as input from police officers, solicitors and counsellors.

“Four local government areas across the Hunter – Cessnock, Maitland, Muswellbrook and Port Stephens – rank in the top 50 for highest recorded cases of domestic violence in NSW,” Ms Gazzard said.

“However, these statistics are hard to measure as …reporting rates are still far below actual incidence rates.

“Opening Doors … aims to bridge this gap by not only educating young people but also giving them a voice as well as the means and confidence to seek help if in need.”

Greater Charitable Foundation chief executive Anne Long saidOpening Doors resonatedwith the foundation’s core focus of improving life outcomes.

Hunter high schools have an opportunity for anOpening Doorsperformance to be staged at their campus in 2018. School should register their interest by Friday, December 22, 2017.For details, visit tantrum.org419论坛.