One in four women will be abused by a domestic partner in her lifetime. The question most people ask of these female victims is “why didn’t you leave?”
In PRIVATE VIOLENCE, filmmaker Cynthia Hill exposes the complexities and frustrations of this widespread problem by following two women and their stories of survival. Kit survived a violent relationship and now acts as an advocate for other women who are struggling. During her work, she meets Deanna, a young mother who survived a kidnapping and horrific beating from her estranged husband.
Deanne has decided to seek justice for herself. We watch as she transforms, slowly leaving the life of violence she was once trapped in. This skillful documentary shows how the criminal justice system and society often fail these women, leaving them with very few places to turn when worse comes to worse. PRIVATE VIOLENCE tackles a difficult subject and challenges us with ideas and questions that could change the way our society treats domestic violence.
-- Sarah Harris