Highlighting support to those in need

In collaboration with the West Sussex County Council Community Safety team and the West Sussex Waste Partnership, EPIC Media Group has supplied and installed #YouAreNotAlone graphics on 35 district and borough refuse vehicles across Adur and Worthing, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex.

In May, UK charity Refuge, reported a 66% increase in calls to its domestic abuse helpline and a 40% spike in visits to its website.

In a challenging time with families confined to their homes, many people have spent more time living in close proximity with perpetrators of domestic violence with their lines of communication severely reduced through not being able to leave their homes.

The County Council’s Community Safety team wanted to promote that help is out there for anyone in an abusive relationship. They felt the refuse vehicles fitted with EPIC Media Group’s quick-change graphics system would be a simple and discreet way of letting victims know that there is help available in West Sussex.

Jim Bartlett, Contextual Safeguarding Manager at West Sussex County Council said: “During lockdown it has been easy for those suffering from domestic abuse to feel that they are on their own. It was important for us to get support details out to those who needed help as quickly and effectively as possible. The fleet of refuse vehicles across the county was a perfect communications tool to reach people’s doorsteps.”

Kevin Murton, Managing Director of EPIC Media Group said: “We are proud to support West Sussex County Council’s Community Safety team in highlighting the issue and also the support available to those in need. Once again, this is a great example the flexible nature of our system providing a perfect cost-effective solution that is affordable, adaptable and quick to change.”