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Love Hurts - Charlotte’s story
A drama-documentary based on the personal story of Charlotte. Charlotte started a relationship with an older man who swept her off her feet. Even though her friends and family were unsure she quickly moved in with him and found herself more and more isolated. His behaviour became very controlling and on occasions violent. Things changed for Charlotte, when her friend Max told her to move in with her. The film is based on an actual interview but for the safety of the interviewee names have been changed and the words are spoken by actors.
This clip could be used as a distancing technique to allow young people to discuss the sensitive issue of an abusive relationship safely, without reference to the students’ own life or family circumstances. The clip could be used as a springboard to discuss:
• How do people get involved in violent relationships?
• Why do people find it hard to get out of violent relationships?
• What makes this relationship unhealthy?
• Why do people get jealous? Is jealousy ok?
• What can young people do if they find themselves in this situation?
The clip could also be stopped before the resolution and students asked to identify what Charlotte could do to end her relationship or make it healthier.
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