Tuesday 21 February 2017

VIDEO: Harrowing new campaign shines the spotlight on victims of domestic abuse

Published 08/06/2016 | 14:43

Only Fools and Horses star Tessa Peake-Jones takes the role of the abuse victim
Only Fools and Horses star Tessa Peake-Jones takes the role of the abuse victim

A powerful short film by Women’s Aid shows how domestic abuse happens to all women, of all ages.

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'Do You See Her' may be less than two minutes long, but its important message has a long-lasting impact on the viewer.

Only Fools and Horses star Tessa Peake-Jones takes on the role of the abuse victim, which is totally unbeknown to her daughter, Shameless actress Anne-Marie Duff, who visits her parents with her children weekly.

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The character and her husband, Whitechapel actor Phil Davis, feature as an older married couple who live in a comfortable, middle-class home which doesn’t appear to be abusive environment.

The abuse happens repeatedly and is as much part of a routine as Duff’s weekly visit to her parents is. It continues on, unknown and unsolved.

“The film is a stark reminder that even those closest to a woman who is being abused may not know what goes on behind closed doors. Any woman, of any age, can be forced to live in the invisible prison of domestic abuse – including those with adult children and grandchildren. Victim stereotypes are simply not relevant to our understanding of domestic abuse,” the chief executive of Women’s Aid Polly Neate says.

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Tessa Peake-Jones says of her role in the eye-opening film: “I am proud to be raising awareness about domestic abuse affecting older women. Older women are often invisible in many spheres of life, and it can be all too easy to not see what is really going on. I want to give these women a voice: to show them that they are not alone, that they deserve help if they are experiencing domestic abuse.”

Women’s Aid is a national charity that has been working to end domestic abuse against women and children for over the past 40 years. 

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this videos contact the Women's Aid Helpline on 1800 341 900 or visit www.womensaid.ie

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