"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, MN. Kim's journey takes her from a domestic violence shelter, to a promising fresh start, and then through a disturbing final twist.
The film also tells the story of the leaders who created the hugely influential "Duluth Model," the set of domestic violence policies that have been widely adopted around the world. Today the Duluth approach faces a challenge from increasingly vocal outside critics. At the same time the leaders of the battered women's movement are struggling to maintain the spirit of sisterhood that has propelled the movement for 30 years.
The film is highly recommend for courses in sociology, social work, women's studies, political science, law enforcement and law. It is also an indispensible resource for community groups, advocacy organizations, police departments and health care providers.
Two more specialized 20-minute companion films, "Domestic Violence and Law Enforcement" and "Domestic Violence and Health Care" are also available from New Day.
Equally a useful primer on aspects of domestic violence and a purely harrowing story (with a walloping twist), “Power and Control” is highly recommended,”’
Barb Bergman, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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"point[s] to the complexity of the problem and the critical need for national, state, and community-based responses to crimes of abusive behavior.
Power and Control would be valuable to all those interested in domestic abuse issues.
Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY
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Teaching Domestic Violence Study Guides
Resources to spark class discussion and material for assignments, research papers and further study. The collection includes:
– A note from the Director.
– A overview of the film.
– Suggested “key questions” for class discussion.
– A timed chapter summary.
– Full transcript.
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