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Isolation, shame and young people


In the video above we look at shame in young people. Below we cover another important factor in APV, isolation.


Young people who are using violence at home, and who have witnessed DV, have reported in groups that they feel disconnected from their peers. They told us that they feel something is different between them and their peers, which makes them feel alone and not normal.

Therefore, having groups with young people can be very positive for participants. In a group, they know that they have had similar experiences to all the other young people in the group, which creates a sense of connection that they may not have with their peers. Moreover, young people talk about the shame they have for using violence against their mothers. This creates a family secret that they keep to themselves and may drive a wedge between them and their peers, which furthers isolation.

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