Doncaster Youth Council works to raise awareness of domestic abuse

Domestic violence in relationships and coercive control in particular was voted as a top priority by young people from all parts of Doncaster in a consultation led by the Youth Council and an issue they felt needed to be tackled. addressed through an awareness campaign designed and developed by young people.

As part of this work, a campaign has been developed which includes a film highlighting what controlling relationships might look like and providing information and encouragement to seek help and support.

The film will be in both Doncaster cinemas throughout April

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Debbie John-Lewis, Assistant Director for Communities and Chair of the Domestic Violence Partnership Council, said: “If a boyfriend or girlfriend is physically or emotionally abusive or controlling in any way, including through phone, text or using social media, this is an abusive relationship and we really encourage you to seek help in leaving the relationship.

“If a parent or guardian is concerned about a relationship their young person is in, they can find information on the council’s website to support their young person.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Youth Council for their commitment to this important issue and say how inspiring it is to see them playing such an important role in such an important subject as raising awareness and identifying a controlling partner.”


If you are under 16 and concerned about domestic violence, you can:

Call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. You can also text the NSPCC on 88858.

Call Doncaster Children’s Services Trust on 01302 734100 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside these hours, call the Trust on 01302 796000.

You can also get information and help on a wide range of issues affecting young people on the Kooth website. Home – Kooth

If you are 16 or over you can also get help from the Doncaster Domestic Violence Center by calling 01302 737080. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm.

For more information visit The Hideout website:

The Disrespect Nobody website is another great source of advice on abusive relationships and tells you about organizations you can contact for help.

If you think your own behavior is abusive, call the Respect Helpline on 0808 8024040.

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