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New video shows impact of non-violent domestic abuse

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6:07am 13th September 2017

A new video, made by Norfolk students, is showing us a slightly different form of domestic abuse.

Paint is used to show the impact of controlling behaviour in a relationship in this clip released by police.

Officers say they want to show domestic abuse isn't just physical.

Paint - Domestic Abuse from Norfolk Police on Vimeo.

The video, produced by students from the City College Norwich Media Learning Company, features a young couple who are in a relationship.

The teenage girl is seen to check her boyfriend's phone and becomes angry when she sees he has made plans to see friends and hasn't told her.

Paint is used in the video to demonstrate the impact the behaviour has on the victim, with the message 'If only abuse was this obvious'.

It highlights controlling and coercive behavior, which is a form of domestic abuse.

Detective Superintendent Julie Wvendth, Head of Safeguarding at Norfolk Constabulary, said:

"Domestic abuse is not just physical violence. Being threatened, intimidated, called names, told who you can talk to, stopped from going out, or isolated from your friends and family are also signs of domestic abuse.

"It is really pleasing to see the students have embraced the challenge of creating media products which highlight concerns around vulnerability, such as domestic abuse, and has helped us get a young person's take on this type of behaviour and what they think would be effective."

It is the first in a series of videos produced by students who were challenged by Norfolk Police to create a number of products which would raise awareness of vulnerability and safeguarding.

Lorraine Sutherland, Learning Company Leader, said:

"The students feel really excited to have been given the responsibility of developing creative content for Norfolk Constabulary.

"The collaboration will provide them with outstanding work experience while giving them the opportunity to create material that will directly impact their peers and the community in which they live."