Compassion (Domestic Abuse Forum) is a small voluntary organisation Suffolk, which aims to influence agencies to develop appropriate protocols in accordance with the Violence Against Women & Girls Strategy and Suffolk DV Strategy, to respond to survivor’s needs, share best practice, raise public awareness and education about domestic abuse, provide support services, identify gaps in support services and to develop further resources to meet the needs of all those whose lives are impacted by domestic abuse related issues.
This series of commercial length films is intended to raise awareness & understanding about issues of power, control and coercion experienced by at least 40% of young people in teenage relationships.
The brief for the young people involved in the project was to create films, which would inform their peers to identify teenage relationship abuse and to present this in a way that their peers could directly relate to. The films have been entirely developed by young people alongside support from professionals in scriptwriting, directing, film making and sound by members of The Offshoot Foundation and are now available on YouTube.
- Is This Abuse? | Demonstrates that teenage relationship abuse cuts across all relationships, despite gender and sexuality.
- Sexting | Depicts the vulnerability of a young woman who believes she is sexting for her partner’s eyes only.
- Same Old Record | Identifies the demise in relationship between a young lesbian couple and how the subtle use of control escalates to cause humiliation and fear.
- Statistics | Real statistics are used in the communication between a teenage couple as an incident of abuse occurs.
- Chelsea | A descriptive narrative of one person’s experience of teenage relationship abuse.
- Taxi | A young teenage woman tells the story of her friend’s relationship and early pregnancy.
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If you, or someone you know, has experienced this type of abuse and would like to talk to someone or want to find out more about support in Suffolk, check out this website. You can also call Suffolk Police on 101.
However if you are in an emergency situation, always call 999