Making a drama out of Domestic Abuse
TV Drama, Real Life Story
The TV drama “Murdered by my Boyfriend”* was first aired in June 2014 and repeated in January 2015 It tells the dramatised real-life story of Ashley, a bubbly bright 17 year old who met an older man at a party. Once they were in a relationship, he was controlling every aspect of her life, including monitoring her movements when she was at work. It was harrowing to watch Ashley’s self-confidence diminishing as the control escalated into violence, yet time after time she would give in to his harassment and return to the relationship.
Domestic abuse doesn’t discriminate
As the support charity Living Without Abuse (LWA) website says:
“Domestic abuse involves the misuse of power and is based on a range of controlling behaviours which can include, but is not limited to, physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse, where the abuser is known to that person through an existing or past relationship. Domestic abuse can occur in any relationship, including same-sex relationships and within family networks.”
How LGFL can help
Domestic Violence Help:
- 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247
- For male victims of domestic abuse: Mens Advice Line 0808 801 0327 or Mankind 01823 334244
- For LGBT victims: Broken Rainbow 0300 999 5428
- National Stalking Helpline: 0300 636 0300
- Forced Marriage Unit: 020 7008 0151
- National Centre for Domestic Violence: 0844 8044 999
NE Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum Directory
This is an excellent guide with practical advice for victims of abuse, including measures to take in case you need to leave quickly, and an extensive list of local support services. You can read it or download it here.