Kim - young domestic abuse

father and child in playground

Getting Support for young domestic abuse

Kim - young domestic abuse is a toolkit for teachers, youth facilitators and community groups working with young people. Kim introduces and explores the difficult issue of domestic abuse in young relationships. Kim helps young people to identify different kinds of domestic abuse and the impact on children. It helps young people have an understanding of healthy relationships.  It teaches how to recognise warning signs, how to get help and how to support a friend.  

The film and workshops were created with and for young people and, according to Child Abuse Review, 'really can save lives' . 

Why we created Kim - the evidence about young domestic abuse

'In a cross-sectional UK study of almost 1500 13–16 year olds, 25% of females reported that a partner had pushed, slapped, hit or held them down on one or more occasions.' 

Teenagers and single parents have the highest risk of domestic abuse.

'Dating & Relationship Violence victimisation may be becoming normalised and is of significant public health importance for young people in England and Wales.' 


Free toolkit on young domestic abuse

The story of Kim who lives with her abusive boyfriend and their young child is told in a 30 minute film. It's accompanied by five 2-hour workshops with activities based around the film's characters. 


"an exciting, interactive way to approach a complex and sensitive issue"


"allows viewers to talk about the experiences of the characters rather than having to disclose personal experiences"

Realistic & Relevant

"gritty, realistic and hard-hitting view of domestic violence ... there is no dancing around the issues"

"Unlike some other resources on this topic, the film accurately reflects the culture and pressures of teenage life"

Workshop activities around young domestic abuse

The toolkit contains workshop activities based around the characters including:

  • the actions of the perpetrator
  • the emotions of the victim
  • the experiences of the child
  • the role of friends and bystanders
  • common myths and steroetypes about abuse in teenage relationships

The film also tackles the difficult topic of children's social care and sees Kim attending a case conference.

Quotes from Child Abuse Review 

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