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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.
(1999, 12 minutes)
(Other languages available: Greek, German, French, Italian)