YOUNG women who have overcome abuse and abandonment are making a short film in which they draw on their own experiences to encourage families in crisis to talk through the tough times.
The nine women, living in supported accommodation in Truro, say they want parents and young people to listen, understand and compromise.
Hannah Scrace, 18, a resident for five months, said: "It can be tough and we want to help other young people find their way.
"We all have experience with family issues and we want to use them to encourage families that are going through hard times to talk to one another.
"It's hard to talk about our experiences, but we want to show that you can get through the tough times by talking."
The film is being made as part of the Fixers' charity project, which aims to help young people aged 16 to 25 change things for the better, addressing any subject they feel strongly about.
The women say they hope their film will be used by social workers acting as mediators in family breakdowns.
Whether the problem is parents splitting up, abandonment as a child or abuse, the group is aiming to prevent a legacy of pain having detrimental effects on the young people involved.
The Public Service Broadcasting Trust runs the Fixers' project. Chief executive Margo Horsley said: "Their ideas can be challenging, inspirational and often life-changing."
For more information, see www.facebook.com/FixersUK