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  Domestic Violence in the Black Community 12 January 2004  
A series of short animated films produced by a British-run self-help charity 'ijane' in Los Angeles will appear on British televisions this year. The series gives advice on issues such as alcoholism and eating disorders with voice-overs by leading actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Halle Berry, who had an abusive father and violent partners, has voiced the film aimed at young women in abusive relationships and advises them to 'walk - before it's too late'. Berry has been criticised in the US for giving irresponsible advice.

Now a British journalist in the Black Community has added his voice by asking whether the problem of abuse is brought on by women making poor partner choices.

Jenni discusses the isssues with Tony Sewell, columnist for The Voice, and Therese Lord, Couples Counsellor for 2 as 1 a black relationship counselling service, and Women's Counselling Co-ordinator for Brixton-based African Caribbean family service.

For further information about organisations which may be able to help call the Actionline 0800 044 044
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