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Coronavirus, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence: Information for Professionals

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Due to current measures, it is anticipated that domestic and sexual abuse incidents and risk posed to survivors will increase. Equation will be compiling key updates from the Statutory, Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Sector in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County. We will continually update information on our website for workers who are supporting survivors.

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates and sign up to our professionals’ newsletter for regular updates via email.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can Survivors continue to call the police in an emergency?

Yes – Anyone in immediate danger should call 999, even if they are in isolation.

If survivors are unable to speak, they can call 999 and dial 55 when prompted to let services know they are there and need assistance. www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/silent-solution

 

2. Are local Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services still open?

Yes – All local helplines are still operational. Most services have either ceased or reduced face to face contact in line with government measures in order to protect service users and their staff but are operating remote support services in their place.

Local Service Updates:

JUNO Women’s Aid
www.junowomensaid.org.uk

Tel: 0808 800 0340

  • Helpline operating as usual: 24/7
  • Please note that waiting times are expected.
  • Where possible and appropriate, email the helpline: helpline@junowomensaid.org.uk
  • All face-to-face contact has been suspended. This includes: The Freedom Programme, Stronger Families, Escape The Trap, work in schools and volunteer programmes. Where possible, support is being offered via 1-1 telephone calls.
  • Accepting referrals
  • This helpline is for women and children living in Nottingham City or Nottinghamshire County.

Equation’s Domestic Abuse Service for Men
equation.org.uk/service-for-men
Tel: 0115 960 5556

  • Helpline operating as usual: Mon – Fri, 9.30 – 4.30
  • Accepting referrals
  • A confidential answerphone service is available outside of these times.
  • This helpline is for men living in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County.

 

Notts Sexual Violence Support Services
www.nottssvss.org.uk/coronavirus-changes-service/
Tel: 0115 941 0440

  • Helpline operating as usual:
    Mon – Tue, 4 –7.30 pm.
    Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am
    1pm.
    Outside of these hours call the 24
    hr helpline run by Juno Women’s Aid.
  • Accepting referrals
  • This helpline is for all genders living in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County.

 

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid
http://nottswa.org/
Tel: 01909 533610 | Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

  • Farr Centre is closed
  • Accepting referrals
  • Providing telephone support.
  • Professionals, please email enquiries@nottswa.org
  • This service supports women and children in North Nottinghamshire (Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood).
  • Please note this is not an emergency helpline.

 

Nottingham Women’s Centre
www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com

  • Nottingham Women’s Centre has closed, no dropin sessions will be available.
  • All counselling is on hold for 3 weeks while counsellors undertake telephone/online/video training (from 24.03.2020)
  • Vulnerable women are being risk assessed and offered weekly wellbeing check-ins while this happens.

 

Imara
www.imara.org.uk

NIDAS
www.nidas.org.uk

  • Face to face support has ceased with needs around high risk cases being assessed on a case by case basis.
  • Continuing to offer support to all clients via telephone, and video chat.
  • The reception phone is covered at reduced hours.
  • A resource pack is available for families which promotes support services, educational websites/resources, calming techniques, games and parenting advice and have sent this out to all families.
  • Practitioners are in regular contacts with schools for updates on children who remain in Education settings
  • Resources are being promoted via their social media channels
  • This service is for women and children in Mansfield and Ashfield

 

Nottingham Muslim Women’s Network
www.facebook.com/nottinghammuslimwomensnetwork 
Tel: 07826464722

  • The monthly legal surgeries remain, providing telephone consultation every first Tuesday of the month.
  • Appointments can be booked by phone, or via email: enquiries@nmwn.co.uk
  • Their drop-in service providing advocacy and signposting services for women who do not have English as their first language continues to provide Urdu/Punjabi language support online and via telephone to aid those struggling to navigate life during the ‘lockdown’.

 

All Services are LGBT+ inclusive.

Wider sector updates to follow soon.

 

 

3. Should I refer Survivors to local services as normal?

YesPlease refer into services as normal and refer to MARAC as appropriate.

 

Additional Guidance

DASH-RIC form

Additional referral pathway information

Additional referral pathway information for MARAC

Guidance to questions on the DASH-RIC

Quality Assurance of the DASH-RIC

Use of Professional Judgement when completing the DASH RIC

Teen DASH RIC Form

LGBT DASH RIC Special Considerations Checklist

 

4. Is MARAC still taking place?

Yes – Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences are still taking place on a remote basis. Please see point 3 for details of how to refer.

 

5. Have there been any changes to Safeguarding Services?

Nottingham City – DART (Domestic Abuse Referral Team)

 

Nottinghamshire County – MASH (MultiAgency Safeguarding Hub)

 

 

6. Can Survivors still be referred into refuges?

Yes- Contact the local domestic abuse helpline on 0808 800 0340 for women and children, or Equation’s Service for Men on 0115 960 5556.

 

7 . Are there any extra provisions in place?

Yes

Nottingham City

Nottingham City Council has launched a Golden Helpline to help those who are self-isolating and do not have friends, neighbours or others who can support.

This will also include food and other practical support for refuges if it is required.

Available Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

 

 

Other Useful Information

Reducing the risks to survivors during COvid 19 blog

 

Got a question or something to add?

Please email Sophie@equation.org.uk

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Coronavirus and Domestic Abuse: Reducing the Risk to Survivors

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Anyone in immediate danger should call 999

Even if they are self-isolating.

 

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour intended to dominate, threaten, coerce and control a current partner, ex-partner or family member. Domestic abuse is not only about violence and physical harm. It can include emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse. Behaviours used to perpetrate domestic abuse often escalate over time.

While Coronavirus does not directly cause domestic abuse, current measures being put in place to control Coronavirus may result in perpetrators having more opportunity to perpetrate abuse, changing the way they perpetrate, and using the virus as an excuse. There are lots of possible reasons for this but the main ones to be aware of are:

  • Self-Isolation: Can increase the amount of time the survivor and person perpetrating the abuse are alone together, and increase barriers to survivors accessing outside support.
  • Financial impacts: Loss or reduction in a survivor’s economic independence may also contribute to the escalation of abuse, and remove resources needed to leave the abuse.

There are things that can be done now to reduce the risk to survivors of domestic abuse during this time. Become familiar with the below information and share this widely where you can. This information may increase some survivors’ chances of avoiding self-isolation with their abuser. For others, there is useful safety planning information.

Please be aware this information is more relevant to those living in Nottingham/shire but may also be useful to those outside of this location.

Useful Information for Reducing Additional Risks to Survivors of Domestic Abuse as a Result of Coronavirus

Learn the Warning Signs of Domestic abuse

It is quite likely that survivors experiencing the earlier stages of domestic abuse may not yet have identified that the behaviour is abusive. Because Coronavirus can cause abuse to escalate more rapidly, we advise becoming familiar with (and sharing) the warning signs of abuse. Helping those experiencing abuse to identify abusive behaviour now will help them to consider if they can plan for self-isolating away from the person using abusive behaviours, and/or take measures to protect their financial independence.

 

Save Information about Local Support Services:

Find information about local services for domestic abuse. If you feel you or someone you know is at risk, save the relevant numbers somewhere the person using abusive behaviour is unlikely to locate them. It will also help to share these on your social media and elsewhere within your community.

 

Nottingham Support Services:

 

  • If you are a woman experiencing domestic abuse: local 24-hours domestic abuse helpline 0808 800 0340
  • If you are a man experiencing domestic abuse: Equation’s Domestic Abuse Service for Men 0115 960 5556
  • All local services for Nottingham/shire can be found here: Equation.org.uk/need-help

National Support Service Information:

  • If you are a woman experiencing domestic abuse: 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • If you are a child or young person experiencing domestic abuse: Childline 0800 1111
  • If you are a man experiencing domestic abuse: Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327

 

Understand the Government Guidance on Isolation:

Some perpetrators of domestic abuse may deliberately try to confuse understanding about self-isolation in order to isolate a survivor unnecessarily. Therefore, it is important to be crystal clear on the current government guidance for self-isolation to empower survivors to know when self-isolation is not mandatory.

Do you have any symptoms of Coronavirus?

  • NO: You do not need to self-isolate unless you live with someone who has symptoms.
  • YES: If you live alone you are required to self-Isolate for 7 days.
    If you live with others, everyone in the home needs to self-isolate for 2 weeks.

Have you been in contact with someone who is displaying symptoms?

  • NO: You do not have to self-isolate. Keeping face to face contact with others to a minimum is advisable.
  • YES: Entire households are required to self-isolate for 2 weeks once 1 person living in the household displays symptoms. You do not have to self-isolate unless you are living with someone displaying symptoms. You may also need to consider the safest places for you to self-isolate should you develop symptoms.

As advice on Isolation may change, we recommend keeping up to date with government advice on this website: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

Safety Planning Information:

Unfortunately for some survivors who need to self-isolate, it will not be possible to Self- Isolate away from their abuser. The Women’s Aid Survivor Handbook contains useful information and guidance on safety planning for adults and children. The information in this handbook is relevant to all survivors of domestic abuse and specific guidance for male survivors can be found here. Common guidance may include keeping your phone fully charged and identifying safe places in the home.

Understanding government guidance on co-isolation my also be useful. Advice such as not using the kitchen and bathroom together, for example, may be helpful. These are areas of the home that are often identified as the most dangerous.

 

Information for Employers:

As an employer, you may require certain employees to self-isolate or work from home to protect other members of staff. However, you need to consider the risks of requesting self-isolation and working from home, especially if any individual would not otherwise be required to self-isolate. At the very least, employers should allow an opportunity for employees to discreetly disclose abuse that they or a colleague are experiencing. Safety and Local Support information (Equation.org.uk/need-help ) should also be shared with all employees.

 

What to do if you’re worried about someone else:

If you know a survivor who is self-isolating check with them how you can stay in contact safely via phone, text, social media, email or otherwise. This may help to reduce the emotional distress they experience as a result of the abuse and help them to feel less isolated, trapped and alone. However, you need to be aware that their contact with you may be being monitored by the person perpetrating the abuse.

You can also find useful information about how to help someone else here http://www.equation.org.uk/help-someone/

And, if the person you are worried about is either female or under 16, you can call the local domestic abuse helpline run by JUNO women’s aid for confidential advice on 0808 800 0340.

 

Equation will be posting regularly about information to keep survivors safe during the Coronavirus outbreak on our social media. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share posts which may be useful to people in your networks.

 

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Equation launches biggest #HelpAFriend campaign yet!

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Throughout March, Equation is running its biggest #HelpAFriend campaign across Nottingham city and buy valtrex online county yet! The campaign has run each year since 2016 and gives ordinary people the tools to recognise if someone close to them is experiencing abuse, and help them reach expert support.

#HelpAFriend uses a combination of attention-grabbing resources to engage the widest possible range of the community: a social media campaign, targeted posters and leaflets, large tram stop ads, ads on buses, and several promotional giveaway events. Following the success of previous years, we hope that the campaign will increase the number of women accessing the local 24-hour domestic and sexual abuse helpline (0808 800 0340), which receives over 10,000 calls each year.

Sophie Maskell, Campaigns Coordinator, says: “Many people experiencing domestic abuse find it difficult to report what is happening to professional support agencies, which means a huge number of survivors are not receiving any help.

“Their friends and family, who are ordinary people like you and me, can make a huge difference. They are very well-placed to spot the warning signs of abuse, and to help friends or family access support that can keep them safe and well.”

Equation’s innovative campaign shows what abuse can look like to a friend from the outside. By promoting the simple steps involved in responding helpfully to friends or family who are being hurt by a partner, we hope to build the tools and confidence of everyone in the local community to be an upstander against domestic abuse.

If you are worried that your friend is being hurt by her partner, ring the 24-hour domestic and sexual abuse helpline to find out how you can help: 0808 800 0340. The helpline is run by Juno Women’s Aid. Find out more at junowomensaid.org.uk

Learn how to support a friend or family member on our dedicated campaign webpage: equation.org.uk/help-someone

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How to Spot the Signs of a Friend in Trouble

Good friends are everything. But sometimes our closest friends can be suffering in silence. If you spot any of these warning signs, your friend may be experiencing domestic abuse in their relationship. #HelpAFriend. Learn the signs.

Control

Does your friend’s partner call and text her all the time? Does it ever seem like they’re checking up on her?

Isolation

Have you noticed you get to see your friend less and less, and that she’s also seeing less of her other friends and family? Maybe she seems to make excuses about why she can’t meet up, or you get the sense that your  friend’s partner is taking over her life.

Manipulation

Does it ever seem like your friend won’t make a decision without checking with her partner first? Does she often seem worried about her partner’s reaction?

Pressure

Have you noticed that your friend is behaving out of character – e.g. dressing, acting, or speaking differently? Do you think she may ever feel pressured by her partner to look or behave in a certain way?

Jealousy

Does your friend change her behaviour to avoid accusations of cheating from her partner? Does it seem like her partner is often jealous for little reason?

Fear

Have you noticed your friend treading on eggshells to avoid rowing with her partner? Have you ever got the sense that your friend is a bit afraid of them?

If you are worried about your friend’s relationship, trust your instincts.

Call the 24-hour free local domestic abuse helpline and find out how you can help her.

0808 800 0340

If you can’t get through, use the answerphone. All messages will be answered.

The helpline is run by Juno Women’s Aid. Find out more at junowomensaid.org.uk

Find out more about the #HelpAFriend Campaign at equation.org.uk/helpafriendcampaign

#HelpAFriend is kindly funded by Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Home Office.

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#NotInNotts

Thanks for supporting #NotInNotts. Help more people learn what they can do to reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse in Notts. Simply share one of the three posts from our #NotInNotts campaign on your social media to help us reach more people.

 

1) Every 3 days a woman loses her life as a result of domestic abuse. We say #NotInNotts. Sign up today and show your support.

Share on Facebook | Share on Instagram

 

2) 1 in 10 children are living with domestic violence in the UK. Join us in saying #NotInNotts.

Share on Facebook | Share on Instagram

 

3) On average victims experience 50 incidents of abuse before getting effective help. We say #NotinNotts. We’ll take action, will you?

Share on Facebook | Share on Instagram

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Equation is Hiring a Community Fundraiser

The Fundraising Team here at Equation are looking to recruit a Community Fundraiser who will be working with the Head of Fundraising and Trusts Fundraiser as an integral part of raising funds with the community for Equation.  

Community Fundraiser

18 hours p/w

12 month contract – May be extended subject to successful fundraising.

Salary: £17, 372 Pro-Rata (Term-time only also considered) 

The role will include: 

  • Volunteer management – recruiting, supporting and managing a volunteer team to organise events 
  • Organising events – putting together and attending Equation events 
  • Encouraging donors to put on events to raise funds 
  • Working with donors to take part in third party events (marathon, bike rides, quiz nights) 
  • Identify corporate donors to take part in raising funds for Equation 
  • Creating communication to donors 

The successful applicant will ideally have some fundraising and/or events experience, even if gained in a voluntary capacity.  

Some flexibility within the hours is required and attendance at events outside of normal working hours (evenings and weekends) will be part of the role. 

Equation offer full training of their work and encourage those that have an interest in creating a world free from abuse. 

Applications deadline: Monday 20th April 2020 (5pm)

Interviews: Wednesday 29th April 2020

Community Fundraiser Job Description

Community Fundraiser Person Specification

Vision, Mission & Values

Application Form

 

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How Men Can Help to Make Women Safe

Men of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire! You can help to keep local women safe.

1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. In Nottingham City alone, this is over 40,000 women. 9 in 10 perpetrators of abuse against women are men.

Most men do not use violence against women, but all men can help to end it. Will you?

Take action to end male violence against women and girls.

  1. Stand up against abuse.

    Promote a commitment to never use, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. Join over 36,000 men who have already pledged against abuse at whiteribbon.org.uk and wear a white ribbon to show your support.

    Go to White Ribbon

  2. Support women who need help

    If you think a woman is being hurt by a partner or ex, do something. Call the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline on 0808 800 0340 and find out how to help her safely (the helpline is run by Juno Women’s Aid).

    Find out more

  3. Challenge other men.

    When men are disrespectful about women, speak out. Get used to saying “that’s not okay” when you hear sexist jokes from friends, family and colleagues. Misogyny supports abusive attitudes: let others know that you won’t tolerate it.

    Join the White Ribbon movement

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Equation is Hiring in Their Finance Team

The finance team here at Equation has recently been restructured to provide 2 opportunities to join the organisation. The roles are within a small, enthusiastic team with a flexible and supportive culture.

Finance Officer

Permanent Contract.

Salary: Scale Point 26-31 £22,937 – 27,123 Pro-Rata

The post is being recruited to support the organisation in maintaining financial strategy, policy, procedures & systems, budgeting, management accounts, record keeping and reporting.

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced individual who is capable of working independently and can medicines4all.com identify and implement ways of improving working practices and processes.

Candidates must be part qualified/finalist (AAT/CIMA or equivalent) and confident working at this level.

Applications deadline: 04/11/2019

Interviews: 11/11/2019 and 12/11/2019

Finance Officer Job Description

Finance Officer Person Specification

Vision, Mission & Values

Application Form

Finance and Office Administrator

Permanent Contract

Salary: Scale Point 18-21 £17,714 – £19,742 Pro-Rata

This post is being recruited to support the Finance Officer to ensure the smooth running of Equation’s accounts. The role will focus on day to day bookkeeping, running petty cash, working with suppliers and maintaining accurate processes and records. Support will be provided to the wider admin team with general office tasks.

We are looking for a motivated individual who can communicate well and work quickly and accurately.

Applications deadline: 04/11/2019

Interviews: 11/11/2019 and 12/11/2019

Finance and Office Administrator Job Description

Finance and Office Administrator Person Specification

Vision, Mission & Values

Application Form

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Join Equation in support of the global #climatestrike

The climate crisis affects all of us. On Friday September 20th, Equation is taking climate action as a workplace and sending messages of support and solidarity for young people in Nottingham(shire) and around the globe who have called a Global Climate Strike. We are using our online platforms to promote climate action – and we invite our supporters to join us!

What is the Global Climate Strike?

Young people have woken up much of the world with their powerful #FridaysforFuture school strikes for the climate. Millions of people are suffering the effects of extreme weather-related events exacerbated by climate breakdown. Leading climate scientists have warned that there are less than 12 years to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty will worsen. As we hurtle towards dangerous tipping points, young organisers have called on adults, parents, workers, and employers of all kinds to join them in the global strikes, amplifying their calls for national governments to immediately provide a safe pathway to stay below a rise of 1.5C.

Young people hope this moment will show that they have the backing of millions of human beings who have a growing dread about the climate emergency.

What’s climate emergency got to do with Equation?

In fulfilling our mission for everyone to enjoy healthy relationships, Equation works with thousands of children and young people to help them build a better future.

Right now, local and global young people face an urgent existential threat to a healthy future in the form of climate breakdown.

We encourage and empower young people to feel self-confident and stand up for their rights to healthy relationships and it is inspiring and humbling to see young people passionately speaking out for their futures in this way.

We cannot ignore these young people’s calls. Equation has a role alongside every organisation and business in listening and amplifying their demands for urgent climate action. 

As a feminist organisation, Equation is concerned that women are disproportionately impacted by climate breakdown. Across the world, women are often responsible for producing food, fetching water and finding fuel. Climate breakdown makes these tasks more difficult. Extreme weather events such as droughts and floods have a greater impact on the poor and most vulnerable – and 70% of the world’s poor are women. Fighting climate breakdown – with women and girls at front and centre – is an essential measure for creating a sustainable future in which all human beings can thrive equally, regardless of their gender. 

For these reasons and as a respected local charity, Equation is ready to show climate leadership.

What is Equation doing?

To support the #climatestrike and the youth-led #FridaysforFuture movement, Equation will be sharing information on social media about the strikes and the importance of supporting young people in calling for urgent climate action. We’ll also be sharing photos and videos of support from Equation staff, volunteers and supporters.

Want to support the young climate strikers? Find out how: -> https://350.org/support-climate-strikes/

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Reclaim The Night 2019 Needs You!

The annual Reclaim the Night march is taking place in Nottingham on Saturday 9th November. Stewards will gather from 5pm and you will be needed until around 8pm.

 

Steward’s role

1) Creating a boundary

  • Form a visible boundary to the march
  • Make sure that marchers stay safely on the pavement

You will be given a high-vis jacket to wear to ensure your visibility and will walk along the side of the marchers and encourage them to stay safely on the pavement.

 

2) Leading chants!

There will be a megaphone to share. You should take the lead on starting chants from the chant sheets (these will be handed out to women at the start of the rally by volunteers) – all other volunteers are welcome to do this if they like!

 

3) Hand out flyers to passers by

You will all be given Reclaim the Night flyers to give to passers-by to explain what the march is about.

 

4) Road crossing and making sure no-one’s left behind

Lead the front of the march to ensure that marchers cross the roads safely. Position yourself at the back of the march, making sure no one gets left behind. Keep in touch with the ones at the front via walkie talkie so you have an idea of where we are.

 

5) Walking with women to Nottingham Women’s Centre for the after party

We’re having an after party at the Women’s Centre with food and music. Walk up to the Women’s Centre with groups of women, in a more informal way, after the rally in Market Square.

 

6) Communicating with the core team about any issues

Keep yourself safe and strive to avoid hostility, negativity and heated argument. If you feel in any way harassed or threatened, remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible to a safe place; alert Katie if possible.  Call the police 999 if you feel in immediate danger.

 

7) First aid

We are looking for first aiders – can you help?

 

8) Returning things

Everything not used (banners, glow sticks, flyers, high vis jackets), please return to Katie who will be in front of the PA at the Rally.

 

The Route

The march will gather at Sneinton Market, march through Hockley and end in Market Square with a rally. We will then head to Nottingham Women’s Centre together for food and music J

Stewards will be provided with:

  • A high vis jacket
  • A set of flyers about the march
  • Megaphone as instructed
  • Training

 

Steward training

All stewards will be required to join us for a fun, empowering steward training session at the women’s centre on Friday 1st Nov between 5pm – 7pm.

 

Do you want to join the team?

If you can steward, or are interested in stewarding for the first time, please email katie@nottinghamwomenscentre.com by Thursday 18th October with the following information:

  1. Your name

 

  1. Your phone number (so I can text you reminders)

 

  1. Do you have any accessibility requirements for this volunteering role?

 

  1. Are there any other skills you can offer? Could you organise a glitter stall at Sneinton Market? Are you a musician/could you help with the after party? Are you crafty – could you help with banner making?

 

 

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