Students at Sandwell College are being supported by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Fixers to raise awareness about manipulative behaviours.
Jade Hall, 17, led the young people in their campaign to educate others on abusive behaviour. The campaign has been funded by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG.
IDAS, a charity supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence, suggests ‘abusive behaviour’ includes being violent or aggressive, making threats, controlling someone's behaviour, putting them down, verbally abusing them, taking or keeping money from them and putting pressure on someone to have sex or do things they don’t feel comfortable with.
“This awful behaviour can happen to anybody – men and women,’ explained Jade, from Oldbury.
“This behaviour is wrong and inhumane. I don’t understand how someone can act like that and feel ok.
“It’s wrong for people to knowingly be controlling and take pleasure from it.’
Recent changes to the law have now made psychological abuse within a relationship illegal. The group have released a drama sequence highlighting different actions to show young people what signs to be aware of. These include manipulating someone by psychological means into doubting their sanity and showing over protective partner behaviours. You can watch the video here>
The group hope to share their project on social media and abuse organisations to help encourage people to speak out and seek help if they find themselves in a vulnerable situation.
Find out more about the campaign at https://bit.ly/2Qpqr1a