Home Truths

(1999, 12 minutes) (Available languages: Greek, German, French, Italian)

Five young people tell of their experiences of domestic violence:

  • Emma and her mother escape from a violent father by moving to a refuge
  • Jamie sees the effect on his mother of his father's violence
  • Sidra's father is controlling and manipulative
  • Sophie, her mother, and sister, are all afraid of her aggressive step-father
  • Daniel supports his friend Tom, whose mother is being hit by her boyfriend.

They explain how living with violence affects them, their families and friends. Each takes some positive action: telling a friend or a trusted adult, contacting voluntary or statutory agencies. They all assert their right to live in a safe environment, free from violence.

HOME TRUTHS tackles some of the myths about domestic violence: that it only happens in certain families; that it's a private matter; that it's the woman's or child's fault; or that the men involved can't help it.

This short animated film is suitable for a wide audience, but it is particularly designed for use with 8-13 year olds in a school or youth group setting where, with a teacher or group leader, it will help to start a discussion.

HOME TRUTHS is also available in German, Italian, French and Greek.

A booklet containing background information and suggestions of ways to work with the film is supplied free.

Produced with financial assistance from the European Community's Daphne Initiative.

Watch a clip of the film here: