Video: Over Half Of Us Have Experienced Controlling Relationships

A troubling new campaign explores the non-physical violence that over half of young people in the UK experience in relationships

Nearly 56% of young adults have experienced coercive or controlling behaviours from a partner, according to Define the Line,  a research study by beauty brand Avon in partnership with domestic violence charity Refuge.

The study, which was released for International Women’s Day 2017, found a quarter of young adults had been exposed to controlling behaviours through a friend’s relationship, and 39% of 16-21 year old girls believed controlling or coercive behaviour has become a normal part of relationships.

Their related campaign, #BeBoldForChange, released this video:

If you’re in a coercive relationship, or if you’re worried about a friend or family member, talk to someone. Refuge has a free, confidential helpline available 24-hours a day: 0800 2000 247.

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Last Reviewed 10 November 2021

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