Domestic abuse survivors and advocates confront victim blaming and the epidemic of domestic abuse in the new documentary film Private Violence.
One in four American women is a victim of domestic violence, yet it is still one of the most under-reported violent crimes. Private Violence follows two survivors of domestic abuse who come forward to share their stories in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
From the Private Violence website: “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?'”
Private Violence premieres Monday, October 20 at 9pm Eastern, only on HBO.