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Posted On: 12th Apr 2017

Signs Of Domestic Violence

Jack wants young people to spot the signs of domestic violence
Jack's film shows some of the signs of domestic violence
Jack plans to share his film in schools and colleges

A young boy who grew up thinking domestic violence was a normal part of family life has made a film with Fixers showing people how to spot the signs of an unhealthy relationship.


Jack Marasco, from Newport, saw a family member become victim to mental and physical abuse when he was around the age of eight.


Now 20, he says: 'At the time it felt normal because I was only young and didn't know any different.

'Now looking back I see how bad it was. He attacked her, leaving her with lasting injuries, and he was prosecuted.'


The film shows how a partner who isolates you from others, controls your money and makes demeaning comments are causes for concern.


Jack says: ‘We want the film to help young people understand what’s right and wrong in a relationship, and to be able to spot the signs of domestic violence.'



Jack, who appears in the film, wants to encourage people to speak more openly about domestic abuse.


‘I feel like there aren’t enough people talking about domestic violence, and it’s something that’s happening a lot. There are so many people being abused - the consequences of it need to be understood,' he says.   


Jack plans to share the film in schools and colleges.   


‘I want to show it to young adults who are starting to get into relationships, so that they can identify signs that they might be becoming a victim of domestic abuse.’ 


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Author: Molly Kersey


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