‘Melody’ – who does not wish to reveal her real name – suffered abuse from her long-term boyfriend throughout her teens.
After her boyfriend lost his job, he became depressed and began questioning Melody’s moves. The emotional abuse soon escalated and turned into physical abuse, which ultimately resulted him hitting her on two occasions, causing bruising.
It was after the physical violence that the relationship was broken off and Melody sought help.
Melody, from Bristol, said: “The aim of my Fix is to show people the signs of domestic violence. In my case, initially it was emotional abuse, and I thought a lot of it was normal behaviour of someone who needed help.
“But things changed and became violent, and this is when I knew I had to speak out. Far too many young people suffer in silence. I don’t think teenage domestic violence is talked about enough.”
Melody is creating a short interactive film which she will distribute to local schools, showing them the signs of domestic abuse and the choices they can make to stop it.
There are links at the bottom of this page indicating where help can be found.
*NOTE - The pictures identify the Fixers crew, not the Fixer (who wishes to remain anonymous)