Family Violence: Cycle of Fear

Year Published:  1983  
Resource Type:  Film/Video
Cx Number:  CX2706

Abstract:  in thsi film, we see interviews with the victims of family violence, and with social workers, police, and women's hostel workers. Women discuss the mental and physical they've experienced; the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the minor tranquillizers (e.g., valium) prescribed by the physicians; and the difficulties of pressing charges against their aggressors. A section of the tape looks at a number of hostels where batteed women can find both protection from a violent dom,estic situation and support from other women.

A unique feature of the film is an interview with a woman and a man who are trying to break down this "cycle of fear". As the tape suggest, major changes in violent family situations will not occur without a change in how society views women.

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