Private Violence Feature-Length Film

Private Violence is a feature-length documentary film and audience engagement campaign that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: “why doesn’t she just leave?”

Private Violence shatters the brutality of this logic. Through the eyes of two survivors – Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all women – we bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence. Their experiences challenge entrenched and misleading assumptions, providing a lens into a world that is largely invisible; a world we have locked behind closed doors with our silence, our laws, and our lack of understanding. Kit’s work immerses us in the lives of several other women as they attempt to leave their abusers, setting them on a collision course with institutions that continuously and systematically fail them, often blaming victims for the violence they hope to flee. The same society that encourages women to seek true love shows them no mercy when that love turns dangerous. As Deanna transforms from victim to survivor, Private Violence begins to shape powerful, new questions that hold the potential to change our society: “Why does he abuse?” “Why do we turn away?” “How do we begin to build a future without domestic violence?”

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A New Kind of Strength: The Men’s Movement to End Domestic Violence

Fathers and their sons, coaches and players, police officers and civic leaders – A New Kind of Strength highlights men who have decided that violence against women is not just a women’s issue, and have taken action in their communities to advocate for real change.

These men – including Vice President Joe Biden and Joe Torre – are invested in stopping violence against women before it starts. By challenging accepted notions of masculinity, these men are presenting new images of a different kind of strength, especially for boys who are just forming their identity as men, and who are beginning to define their relationships with women. Funded by the Waitt Institute for Violence prevention, this 10-minute short film is available for use free of charge for a limited time.

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Trainer’s Edition

We have already produced a 21-minute educational film for domestic violence prevention educators. Divided into chapters, this short documentary offers a portrait of some of the many different issues related to domestic violence, and the attitudes that help to perpetuate this epidemic.

The issues covered include: the psychology of power & control, the beginning of the Battered Women’s Movement, Popular Culture representations of domestic violence through the decades, historic attitudes toward battering in America, the successes and failures of our criminal justice system, and the impact on children, families and communities.

Thanks to the generous support of the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention, we will be able to offer copies of this short educational film as a gift in exchange for a tax-deductable donation to the production of the feature length film. Go here for more information on purchasing the Trainer’s Edition. Watch a clip from the short film.

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Survivor to Survivor

Our partner project “Survivor to Survivor” is a web-based campaign to reach and assist victims of domestic violence. In an initiative unique to the state of North Carolina, a group of advocates and documentary filmmakers have come together to produce “Survivor to Survivor,” a series of eighteen short documentaries focused on topics relevant to victims of domestic violence.

Though the films are populated with the a cadre of law enforcement officers, judges, mental health professionals, and victim advocates, survivors of domestic violence are clearly the experts, sharing their own experiences. Click image to visit

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1. What kind of group will be watching the film?

community-based group (Kiwanis, Rotary, etc.)
allied professional group (domestic violence/sexual assault prevention/shelter program, law enforcement/healthcare providers/social workers/clergy, etc.)
education (high school, community college, college or university, sororities/fraternities)
business groups (Chamber of Commerce, etc.)
elected officials (town councils, mayor, etc.)

2. For what purpose?
general knowledge
specific community awareness event

3. How many participants/trainees will be attending the event?
201 or more

4. Did you find A New Kind of Strength useful to your group?