In the United Kingdom, one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime – many on more than one occasion.
It’s a reality which one Fixer knows all too well. Now she is using her experience to encourage other victims of domestic abuse to speak out.
Her story was shown on ITV News London on Thursday 8th August.
Nineteen-year-old ‘Sam’ – not her real name - was physically and mentally attacked by her boyfriend over a period of one year. On one occasion, Sam required hospital treatment for her injuries.
‘He was just kicking me, punching me, and then I do not remember anything,’ she explains.
‘I just remember being in A&E. At that time I thought it was love but how can you love someone when you beat them up.
‘My Fixer project is to help young girls to know that they can break free from any abusive relationship.’
With Fixers, Sam is using drama students to act out examples of abuse to construct a film which shows young women what constitutes domestic violence.
‘The relationship came to a head after about a year of going out with him. He hit me so hard, he knocked me out and that’s when I decided to let go.’
In the piece, Sam speaks with other victims of domestic violence, and speaks with Thienhuong Nguyen from Women’s Aid about the reasons preventing young people from speaking out about domestic abuse.
She says: ‘It is extremely difficult for young women to break free once they are caught up in violence, and there are lots of conflicted feelings. They still care about their partner but they want the abuse to stop.’