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Domestic violence in America

November 16, 2010

Women @ Noon presents, 'Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America,' a documentary that reveals the social conditions that fuel violence and the story of a single woman's struggle for her dignity and her children's safety.

Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America, is a reminder of the major reforms still needed in the fundamental cultural and social institutions in America that perpetuate the cycle of violence.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Lory Student Center
Rooms 220-222

The statistics

According to a National Violence Against Women Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

According to the report, 22.1 percent of surveyed women and 7.4 percent of surveyed men, reported that in their lifetime, they were physically assaulted by a:

  • Current or former spouse
  • Cohabiting partner
  • Boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Date 

With the recent U.S. economic collapse, domestic violences statistics show a sharp increase in violence against women around the country.

The stories

Those are the statistics; the stories are more profound. The documentary, Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America, is a comprehensive and timely exploration of the shocking persistence of domestic violence in our society.

The complex issues around domestic abuse are refracted through the story of Kim, a mother of three in Duluth, Minn. whose "generosity and openness," say the film's producers, "Infused the spirit of the entire project." Other domestic violence survivors at the Safe Haven shelter in Duluth, Minn., share their stories of physical and emotional abuse.  Viewpoints on the family court systems and other critical issues are addressed. 

Kim’s journey takes her from a domestic violence shelter, to a promising fresh start, and then through a disturbing final twist. Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at noon in the Lory Student Center, Rooms 220-222.

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Contact: Kathryn Woods
Phone: (970) 491-6384