Melanie Brown and Fabio D'Andrea dancing in the Love Should Not Hurt music video Love Should Not Hurt Watch our powerful new video made in collaboration with classical composer Fabio D’ Andrea starring our patron Melanie Brown

Love Should Not Hurt

Click below to watch our new music video in collaboration with classical composer Fabio D’Andrea, featuring Women’s Aid patron Melanie Brown.

A moving portrayal of the devastating impacts of both physical violence and coercive control, including spying, isolation from friends and family and denying access to money. Our powerful new music video is inspired by the real-life stories of survivors.

TRIGGER WARNING: This video contains scenes of domestic violence that some viewers may find distressing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Directed by Fabio D’Andrea with choreography developed by The Greatest Showman choreographer Ashley Wallen.

We need your help

An estimated 1.6 million women in England and Wales have experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2020 with young women aged 16-24 years continuing to be the age group at most risk (ONS 2020).

That’s 1.6 million too many.

Today, we ask you to help us put a stop to this. Together we can help more women and children to escape abuse.



Please support our life-saving work in England and donate what you can today.

Raise awareness

Stream and share the video to help raise awareness. Together we can end domestic abuse.

Melanie Brown, Women’s Aid patron, said:

“I have had my own experiences of abusive relationships but as Patron of Women’s Aid I have spoken to so many other women, listened to what they have gone through and I know how very real the danger is to so many women out there and I’m not going to stop breaking the silence and the shame around this subject because it’s too much and we have to stand up and do something.


This performance represents the stories and the experiences of those women I have met, spoken to or heard about. My heart breaks for every single woman and child who suffers from any form of domestic abuse, and while the film shows a range of abuse, I want to send a clear message that you don’t have to be hit to be abused. Coercive control is at the heart of domestic abuse – it is about power and control.”

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