Valentine’s Day takes a dark turn in this surprising film

Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services (NDAS) have been working with Raw Productions, a London based media organisation, to produce a powerful and emotive brand new film that focuses on young people’s struggles with coercive and controlling relationships. These behaviours are not currently as widely understood or discussed in the public sphere as physically violent relationships.

The film highlights the dangers of emotional abuse in teenage relationships. Too many young people are coerced into controlling relationships by their partners, who use their power to emotionally control every aspect of their lives. Stories like 50 Shades of Grey and Twilight confuse uncontrollable passion and love with emotional coerciveness and control, embedding an unhealthy picture of relationships into our culture.

For this to change, NDAS want young people to recognise it.

Emotional abuse is name-calling, isolating from friends and family, emotional mind games and threatening behaviour or language.

Maggie Martin, Children’s Service Coordinator for NDAS, explains; “Young people are especially vulnerable, we hope this film will raise awareness of the issue and get young people thinking about their own situation, or that of those around them.”. The film was produced by RAW Productions as part of their charity initiative. Ryan Wilkins, CEO, said, “We chose to make this film to change the way people see and understand domestic abuse. Many people believe domestic abuse is physical abuse, and that’s just not the case.”

Learn more about coercive and controlling relationships.

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