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Posted On: 1st Jul 2015

Unmasking Domestic Abuse

An actress in the film wears a mask
The young woman endures verbal abuse
An actress shows her bruised face

Determined to remind people that domestic abuse should not be tolerated, ‘Tara’ wants to help others find the strength to escape unhealthy relationships.  

The 24-year-old from Durham, whose real name has not been used, is urging anyone with concerns about their partner’s behaviour to seek help.

‘I want to target young people and show them the warning signs of domestic violence,’ explains Tara.

‘I’m passionate about this issue because I have personal experience of it. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did.

‘I didn’t know the signs and I didn’t find out until it was too late.’

With Fixers, Tara has helped create a film which gives examples of behaviour that rings alarm bells, and encourages those who recognise the warning signals to ask for support.

The piece focusses on a young woman who is verbally abused, appears bruised and is wearing a smiling mask.

The film ends with her removing it and the prompt, ‘don’t hide behind a mask – stand up to abuse.’

Watch Tara’s Fixers film ‘Unmasked, Dangerous Love’ at the top of this page.


‘I think it is very hard-hitting,’ Tara says.

‘It’s powerful in the way that it’s been made and it’s easy to remember the simple message.’

Tara hopes her campaign will reach those who could be at risk of experiencing domestic abuse.  

‘My target audience is young people and vulnerable adults,’ she adds.

‘I want people to get out of the relationship as domestic violence should not be tolerated.’


Tara's project was supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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A group from County Antrim call on teachers to look out for signs that any
of their pupils are experiencing domestic abuse. Watch their Fixers film.

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