Emily Drouet was in her first year of university and only 18 years old, when she was subjected to a campaign of abuse and violence from her boyfriend. Tragically, Emily took her own life on 17th March 2016 just minutes after her abuser, another student, visited her room unannounced. Emily was intelligent and independent, with good friends and a very close family. Her family are tormented by “what ifs” and have worked tirelessly to ensure no other student ends up in Emily's shoes.
The cards have a very practical purpose but they also pay tribute, in a very small way, to Emily Drouet. The idea for the cards belongs to Emily’s mum, Fiona Drouet and she has been closely involved in every step of their development. Fiona is also founder and CEO of EmilyTest, a charity founded in Emily's honour. In 2021, EmilyTest debuted the world's first gender-based violence (GBV) Charter for universities and colleges, working directly with institutions to improve their GBV prevention, intervention, and response. Alongside this, EmilyTest have developed two training programmes, L.I.S.T.E.N. and Aware & Empowered, that strive to fill the gaps that were identified in Emily's case. To learn more about EmilyTest, visit our website at https://www.emilytest.org/ or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/EmilyTest12