The Willow Project


“If I had started this piece with – Rural Domestic Abuse Awareness – how many of you would have thought ‘This isn’t relevant to me, domestic abuse doesn’t happen in my village’,” says Emily Brailsford of the Willow Project at Rural Action Derbyshire.

“But domestic abuse doesn’t just affect unemployed people who live in towns and cities. It can happen to anyone, anywhere. Statistics show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their life. That means that when you go to market, or the pub or to a WI meeting or other group, it is more than likely that someone there is affected by domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse isn’t always about a black eye or a split lip; coercion and control is also a crime. In 2015 a law came into effect which includes coercion and control. The Government definition of Coercive behaviour is “an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim”.

So, whilst you might not know of anyone who is hitting their partner, do you know of anyone who is isolating their partner from family and friends? Or anyone who controls where their partner can and can’t go and monitors every minute of their day?

The Willow Project delivers free training to help you spot the signs of abuse.

The training, which is free to anyone living or working in Derbyshire (the cost is £35+VAT for those who live outside of Derbyshire), will help you become more aware of signs of abuse and how to support and signpost a victim.

If you would like to attend the training, please visit

Or for further information please email or call 07594 088 858
Please remember if you are in danger call 999.