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Video: Ballymena teenager Courtney McLaughlin's powerful film shows the effects of emotional abuse


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.

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.’

Visit www.fixers.org.uk for more information.

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