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'Melody'

'Melody'

Name: Melody
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2012
Location: Bristol
Campaign: Stop domestic violence in young relationships

I experienced domestic violence during my teens from my teenage boyfriend.

 

What started out as emotional abuse soon turned violent, and it was clear that I needed to speak out about my situation.

 

A lot of places I turned to helped, but it seemed not many young people properly understood what domestic violence is.

 

My Fix is to show exactly what counts as domestic violence. It can be anything from subtle emotional control, to full-blown violent episodes.

 

Through an interactive film which shows reconstructions of domestic violence, I hope to show young people – male or female – who feel they are in the same position to seek help immediately.

Armadillo Youth Centre

A youth centre in Bristol who have helped me through my project

 

Centre for Gender and Violence Research

Bristol University's Christine Barter appeared in my film and has supported my campaign

Since my Fixers project, my interactive film on domestic violence has been used by the following charities to teach people about domestic violence:

 

1) Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse - Bristol

 

2) HOMETRUTHS - Swindon


3) Christine Barter - Research Fellow University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies and for NSPCC

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