August 8, 2020

TikTok teenager’s video sparks domestic abuse debate

A teenager is asking people to be alert to the signs of domestic violence with a video she has created on social media.

Sixteen-year-old Amber uses make-up to gradually cover her face to resemble bruises as she lip syncs to the Lily Allen track Not Fair.

The video has been viewed more than 1.7 million times on the video-sharing platform TikTok and has also been liked more than 196,000 times so far.

The A-level student told the BBC that she was motivated to make the video because a family friend had experienced abuse.

She said: “The message of the video is don’t ignore the signs of domestic abuse. If you have the slightest concern, bring it up with the person.

“I feel domestic abuse is something that should have more awareness.”

‘I’m a survivor’
In response, some women have shared their own experiences of domestic abuse. One user posted: “Been here, came out the other side.”

And Amber has replied offering support. “I’m sorry this has happened to you,” she says. “But it shows how strong you are that you came out the other side.”

Another person said she wished she had known the signs of domestic abuse earlier, and one woman warned people to be aware that abusers “tend to hit where it won’t be seen”.

Amber’s creative use of her make-up has been praised for its impact.

A commenter told Amber: “Thank you for doing this. I’m a survivor.”

“This is so powerful. I’m going through this with a friend now who always makes excuses and brushes it off,” added another viewer.

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