Women’s Aid is working with British Board of Film Classification – can you help?

Women’s Aid is proud to be working with The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on a consultation with survivors of domestic abuse about how scenes of domestic abuse are classified and the warnings we see before we watch scenes of domestic abuse. This will relate to the films you see in cinema, on DVDs, and the content available on streaming services (such as Netflix and Amazon).

The BBFC helps viewers decide what’s right for them to view, and what it is appropriate for children to view. They do so by regularly asking the public what types of material they expect to see and hear at U, PG, 12A, 12, 15 and 18. They also decide on what information is given to the viewer about the content of a film before you watch it.

The BBFC will be working with a research company and Women’s Aid to set up focus groups in London and Manchester to discuss the issues raised by a variety of film and media content. Participants will be asked to view three or four feature films, in advance of attending the focus groups, and will then discuss those films as well as some supplementary clips. Please be aware that the films and clips will feature scenes of domestic abuse.

The research will be conducted by an independent market research company called Goldstone Perl Research. The focus groups, which will take place in January, are being run by Nicky Goldstone or Deborah Slesenger, who are working closely with Women’s Aid on this important project.  The research is completely confidential and your anonymity would be protected at all times.

If you are interested in a participating in a focus group, please contact [email protected].

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