Knowing what it’s like to be in an abusive relationship, ‘Meredith’ is helping other young people spot the signs of domestic violence.
The 17-year-old, whose real name has not been used, says abuse isn’t always immediately obvious and doesn’t necessarily have to be physical.
Recalling her own traumatic experience, Meredith explains: ‘At first, it was amazing - but as the months went by, he started becoming more and more violent.
‘Soon, the emotional abuse turned physical, but because I didn’t know any different, I still thought it was normal.
‘It’s like he'd brainwashed me, but I finally mustered up the courage to tell my family, who made me realise I needed to get out.
‘It’s now my mission to help other young girls understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.’
With Fixers, Meredith has helped to create a short film exploring how domestic abuse can present itself in more ways than one.
Using the story of “Snow White”, the short piece shows how even an abusive relationship can feel like a fairy tale at first, but can quickly turn into something much more sinister.
Watch her Fixers film ‘Unhappily Ever After’ at the top of this page.
‘I love the film. It’s really well done and such a clever idea,' Meredith says.
‘Perpetrators of abuse can often act like Prince Charming at first, but that can all change.
‘This is what we wanted to portray and also help victims understand that this behaviour is unacceptable.’
Meredith plans to take the film into local secondary schools and colleges encouraging young people to be more vigilant about the signs of abuse.
‘Looking back, I can hardly recognise the person I was, which is why we need to educate young people, who may be going through something similar,’ she adds.
‘If you spot any signs of abuse in a relationship, it’s crucial to seek help at the earliest opportunity.’
For more information and advice on the issue of domestic abuse, visit the ChildLine website.
This Fixers campaign was supported by Affinity Sutton.
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