Youth Beats Domestic Violence with New Film

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Byline: Kathryn Summers

YOUNGSTERS have stepped behind the camera to produce an awareness video, which will be screened for the first time today, at a launch to mark Domestic Violence week.

The group from Ogmore Comprehensive has put together the video called Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Chain, to challenge people's attitudes about domestic abuse.

It was due to be premiered at the council chamber in Bridgend today before it is taken to every comprehensive school in the Bridgend area to show pupils the importance of speaking out against domestic violence.

Coun Margie Ing, council cabinet member for social services and housing, said:

"Whether it be verbal, mental, emotional or physical, domestic abuse comes in many forms.

"It's a sad fact that 54 per cent of all women murdered in South Wales in 1998 were killed by their partner or ex-partner.

"Our message is simple: you do not have to put up with it. Domestic abuse is a criminal act and we will do everything we can to help victims. …