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Leicestershire students' domestic violence film roll out

A "powerful" domestic violence film made by Leicestershire A-level students will be used as a teaching resource in secondary schools across the county.

Drama pupils at Groby Community College were inspired after performing a play written by an anti-bullying worker.

The County Council's anti-bullying team believes young people will relate to the "thought provoking" production.

The film Trapped shows the consequences of domestic violence and the traumatic affect it has on people's lives.

'Strong and emotive'

The production took Alex Thompson, Amy Newby, Catherine Bearne, Conor Clarke, and Victoria Reid a year to complete.

Image caption Ms Bosley hopes councils across the country will be interested in the film

Mr Thompson, who is now studying at De Montfort University, said the "very strong and emotive" film tackles important issues.

"It looks at the victims' feelings and how that can affect other aspects of their life, such as relationships with family and friends," he said.

The film-maker said they used a young cast because they wanted youngsters to be aware that domestic violence does not "just affect adults, it can affect them as they're growing up too".

Sue Bosley, Leicestershire County Council's anti-bullying strategy manager, said she is always looking for "new and innovative materials".

"This film is gripping, thought provoking and a resource that young people will be able to relate to," she said.

"It will provide excellent material for working with students to explore issues around developing positive relationships."

The 30-minute film, which will be divided into shorter videos, will be available to all Leicestershire upper schools later in the year to raise awareness, help teaching and support discussions about domestic violence.

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