Young people targeted

Domestic Violence Awareness week in Devon will target young people particularly teenagers in abusive relationships.

A recent NSPCC survey found that one out of every three girls interviewed said they had been sexually assaulted by a boyfriend. In the same survey, 25% of girls and 18% of boys said they'd been hit or physically attacked by a partner.


Is it Love? from Devon County Council on Vimeo.

The main aim of the campaign is to help young people understand what is acceptable in a relationship, and what is not acceptable.

The girls, aged between 12 and 15 years old worked with animator Emily Cooper to create the four minute film.

Most of the voices are the teenagers themselves who recorded their stories as part of the project. Some of the experiences have been voiced by an actress.

24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline - 0808 2000 247

Information, advice and helpline numbers are available on the adva website

Devon and Cornwall Police offer help, support and advice 24 hours a day:

In an emergency call 999

For information and advice call 08452 777 444 or visit

Domestic violence poster by Devon County Council    Devon County Council domestic abuse poster