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Was Love Island promoting Controlling Behaviour?

Newcastle Women’s Aid released a statement about Love Island

Love Island has officially finished, and people were delighted that the couple, Ekin-Su and Davide, won. However, this year's series of Love Island received more than 5,000 Ofcom complaints in total, with viewers expressing their concerns about bullying, misogynistic and controlling behaviour.

Newcastle Women’s Aid recently released a statement that spoke about how they were “tagged into a stream of Twitter posts, with viewers highlighting the misogyny and controlling behaviour being shown on screen”. Women’s Aid has raised these concerns and said the specific information on abusive relationships is missing from the channel’s ‘inclusive training’. They are now discussing with the Love Island team how they can work together to address the issues and concerns raised.

Newcastle Women’s Aid Chief Executive Officer Elaine Langshaw has shared her concerns and highlights that we need to recognise that controlling behaviour is not love.

She said: “We really really have to recognise that controlling behaviour is not love…

“If we want to change attitudes and have much healthier and equal relationships if it’s controlling behaviour that’s happening being mistaken for love, then we need to call it out as that. I think that’s the best message we can get out there to our young people, male and female and to our wider audiences”.

She also added, “When you are experiencing controlling behaviour or unusual behaviour, anything that makes you change your patterns of behaviour or make you feel awful, then that absolutely needs to be a priority so people are supported can ask is this normal?

Elaine also mentioned that this is not just for those who are experiencing controlling behaviour but also that “we need to be on board and onsite to be challenging when people are using controlling behaviour” 

Newcastle Women’s Aid provides a telephone helpline from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm on this phone number 0191 2610504. You can also make referrals through the telephone number or use their online contact form for anything else on their website. https://www.newcastlewomensaid.org.uk/contacts/.


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