The CRUSH Programme
The CRUSH programme is a structured course of group support and empowerment for young people in the age range of 13 – 19 that are at risk of, or affected by, domestic abuse. The aim is to work within the school/college environment providing an experiential support resource that aims to support young people to avoid abusive relationships, exit an abusive relationship safely or better manage their exposure to domestic abuse in the home.
It is suitable for males and females, and for those exhibiting victim or perpetrator traits. CRUSH helps young people learn through the experiences of fictional characters that they create and guide through a number of typical teenage scenarios, culminating in how to deal with an abusive relationship. The programme is specifically designed to complement the subject matter around healthy relationships and gender bullying that may take place in schools.