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Films

SPIRALLING

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“It was amazing”

“I liked the video, now I know some of the signs”

“Insightful”

Length: 23 minutes

This film is available from the Cheshire Without Abuse resource library. Please contact Cheshire without Abuse on 01270 250 390 to arrange loaning this item.

Spiralling presents a story of a teenage relationship that becomes abusive; it demonstrates how victims of abuse are manipulated, isolated, and how abuse escalates. This video also includes a rape though no physical or sexual abuse is shown.

This resource includes an educational toolkit, which includes lesson plans.

Recommended age: 14+

CAN YOU SEE ME

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“I liked the video, it portrayed it [abuse] well”

“video was helpful to show example”

“It was very interesting”

Length: 23 minutes

This film is available from the Cheshire Without Abuse resource library. Please contact Cheshire without Abuse on 01270 250 390 to arrange loaning this item.

Can You See Me presents a story of an abusive relationship between a High School couple. It shows the pair in school which is positive as it highlights how education settings can aid a perpetrated to isolate and entrap their partner; while demonstrating the difficulty professionals may face trying to get a disclosure. This video also includes scenes of physical violence.

This resource includes an educational toolkit, which includes lesson plans.

Recommended age: 12+

MY DANGEROUS LOVER BOY

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“I thought it was stupid at the start because of the singing, but it went dark quickly, and really brought home the dangers”

“scary and uncomfortable to watch but a good film”

“I wanted to know if she got away? I can see the risks of drinking and who I’m meeting because of this”

Length: 20 minutes

This film is available from the Cheshire Without Abuse resource library. Please contact Cheshire without Abuse on 01270 250 390 to arrange loaning this item.

My Dangerous Lover boy is a Child Sexual Exploitation resource pack and film. The film focuses on a young girl in high school who has ambitions to be a singer. She starts dating a young man who promises to introduce her to music producers and help her become famous, though in reality sells her into sex slavery. The film highlights how perpetrators manipulate their partners with empty promises and the extreme dangers of teenage relationship Young people have said this could be used with people 14+; as the sexual scenes are uncomfortable. Nothing graphic is displayed in the scene as the camera focuses on the characters face but it’s clear from the sound and movement that she is being raped.

Recommended age: 14+

MURDERED BY MY BOYFRIEND

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“horrific scenes but really brought home the dangers of abuse”

“difficult to watch, but a good film”

“It was good”

Length: 28 minutes

This film is available from the Cheshire Without Abuse resource library. Please contact Cheshire without Abuse on 01270 250 390 to arrange loaning this item.

Murdered by my boyfriend is a drama created by the BBC that presents a young woman’s story of abuse. It is based on a true story and includes scenes that highlight how abuse affects young children, extreme violence, and her death. Young people have said this could be used with people 16+, due to the extreme violence and murder scene. This could be extremely upsetting for some audiences. Young people have said this is a really good quality film, although length is an issue. It’s recommended if using this resource to take individual scenes or split the film over 2 – 4 sessions and discuss how the abuse escalates.

‘Beaten by my boyfriend’ is a BBCThree documentary which explores the impact of relationship abuse.

Recommended age: 14+

CYBERBULLY

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“It’s a powerful film”

“Interesting movie”

“Enjoyed the film though quite long”

“It only happens in America”

Length: 1 hour 24 minutes

NOT in the CWA library

The film presents the story of a teenage girl who falls victim to online bullying, and the cost it nearly takes on her and her family. It’s a useful resource to consider when discussing teenage relationship abuse as a major part of young people’s lives is now online and perpetrators use this tool to abuse. Although this film does not include intimate partner violence it demonstrates how peer groups can be abusive through gossip and rumour which again are tools perpetrators use to isolate their victims. Young people have said this could be used with people 12+; though advice facilitators to review material first and consider individuals in the group it could impact. Important to highlight that last quote from a young person that this issue only happens in America; there are many examples in UK newspapers of young people taking their lives due to cyber bullying that can be brought into a session.

Recommended age: 12+

Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar

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Murder Games tells the true story of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old schoolboy who was groomed online by Lewis Daynes and murdered.

In this gripping docudrama Breck’s young gaming friends tell their story – a tale of deceit which engulfed their through the gaming community. The programme also follows Breck’s family as they come to terms with their son’s murder.

Programme length is 60minutes and currently available on BBC iplayer

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CRUSH

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“I liked the video, but think the abuse could have been done [presented]better. You didn’t see manipulation or why she was staying with him”

“it was good because you could believe the characters were real”

“lengthy, and poor camera work”

Length: 28 minutes

NOT in the CWA library

Crush is a film created by DARTSS (Domestic Abuse Resources and Training for Schools in Scotland), and comes with four lesson plans available on the site.  This resource not only covers teenage relationship abuse, but gender stereotypes and cyber bulling. There is also a link to child sexual exploitation as the main female character is in school and her abuser is much older. This film contains scenes of mild violence, a fight off scene and a man slapping his girlfriend, and a scene that suggests a rape has occurred in the scene prior which is not shown.

Recommended age: 14+

OUR GIRL

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“I enjoyed the clip, it was good to hear stories but wanted more information about the situations”

“it was a good video but it didn’t explain the topic”

“I really liked the video and thought it was a good length”

Length: 5 minutes

NOT in the CWA library

Our Girl is a short film created by AVA (against violence and abuse) which focuses on forced marriage and abuse. It begins with a short animation which shows the birth of a girl and her short child hood before she’s taken away. The film then goes on to present individuals sharing their experiences, fears, and dreams. It ends with a disturbing image of young girls with no eyes, mouths, or ears to symbolise how they can’t express themselves. Young people have said this could be used with people 12+; but warned that younger audience may be frightened by the final image and some of the content. This resource does not teach people about forced marriage or honour based violence but highlights the real fears young women and men are facing. A resource pack is available on the site to use with this film.

Recommended age: 12+