We’re excited to announce a screening of the award winning documentary film 'Private Violence'. This screening forms part of our 16 Days of Action campaign to raise awareness and inspire action against gender-based violence. Join Graham Goulden, Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme Coordinator and close friend of film subject Kit Gruelle, for a discussion after.
Empowered advise that this film contains very upsetting scenes and as such would recommend that it is not suitable for children aged under 15.
Private Violence is a feature-length documentary film and audience engagement campaign that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact: the most dangerous place for a woman is her own home. In Scotland in 2014-2015, 43% of female homicide victims were killed by their partner and 93% of female victims were killed in a dwelling (National Statistics Crime and Justice Bulletin 2014-2015). The knee-jerk response is to ask: “why doesn’t she just leave?”
Statistics for domestic homicide in Scotland are proportionately reflective of those in the United States of America. Private Violence, which was made in the US, shatters the brutality of the "why doesn't she leave?" question. 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 abuse?”
Read Jane Kasperkevic's article on Private Violence in the Guardian newspaper here: https://www.theguardian.com/money/us-money-blog/2014/oct/20/domestic-private-violence-women-men-abuse-hbo-ray-rice