We Stand

We Stand

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Education
  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Not for profit
Geographical remit: 
National - England


  1. We work with young adults, inclusive of vulnerable and disabled people, to give them the knowledge and tools they need to form healthy, respectful relationships
  2. We support young adults to identify, recognise, and challenge their own and others' unhealthy and controlling behaviour in romantic relationships
  3. We provide young adults with a safe environment to explore what controlling behaviour looks and feels like, to support their own mental health when it comes to romantic relationships


We work with young adults in educational and community settings, who are embarking on romantic relationships.  Inclusive of vulnerable and disabled people.

Young adults are at most at risk from emotional psychological abuse in relationships, especially young women. There is a broad understanding of what domestic violence looks like but the subtleties of emotional abuse and coercive control are not well understood.

Romantic relationships are portrayed in social media, the media, film and television with an element of idealisation of toxic traits, and an unrealistic approach to the realities of healthy conflict. Whilst the government’s plan to tackle domestic abuse is welcome and does include curriculum revisions, schools struggle to provide the depth of knowledge children of this age group need, in the time available. 

This generation are moderately aware of what a toxic relationship looks like and our early research has shown they can identify these kinds of behaviours when given examples. But we did find evidence that coercive control and manipulation can potentially become “usualised” by the behaviours modeled at home; previous generations have never tackled this issue head on. Generational conditioning plays a huge part in perpetuating abusive and controlling behaviours, as do vulnerabilities in boundary setting and mental health.

2023 is a year of research and development, with the aim to write, test, evaluate and evolve an immersive performance for young adults.  Immersive performance is a unique way to engage people to gain a better and more robust understanding of toxic traits, emotional abuse, and controlling behaviour.

Through the second part of the performance the audience will have the opportunity to discuss and explore the topic with the actors. This will provide them with greater empowerment to recognise controlling behaviours in their own relationships. In a non-judgemental and compassionate way, they can challenge their own beliefs and values to form healthy relationships based on mutual trust, respect, and boundary setting. 

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