Saturday 22 October 2016

Irish teenager's powerful film shows the effects of emotional abuse

Published 12/01/2016 | 14:32

Courtney McLaughlin (16) from Ballymena, Country Antrim wants others to look out for signs of emotional abuse, after seeing the effects of a person’s controlling behaviour on someone she knows.

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Courtney, 16, was spurred into action after she saw first-hand the effects of emotional abuse on a friend.

So she teamed up with Fixers, the charity that gives young people a voice, to create a short film showing that controlling behaviour doesn’t just have physical signs.

The fictional film ‘Coercive Control' portrays a number of different scenarios which demonstrate controlling behaviour, and ends with the slogan ‘you don’t have to get hit to get hurt. Emotional abuse is abuse.’

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