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.  Power and Control has been added to the collections of hundreds of academic libararies and is in wide use in domestic violence shelters and advocacy groups.  Also of interest are two companion videos: Domestic Violence in Law Enforcement and Domestic Violence and Health Care, two shorter, most specialized videos, also available from New Day.   All films are available on DVD and via a wide variety of flexible streaming options.


Equally a useful primer on aspects of domestic violence and a purely harrowing story (with a walloping twist), “Power and Control” is highly recommended.
- Rob Nelson

Minnesota Post

Indispensable for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of family violence, particularly in sociology, social work, women's studies, psychology, law enforcement, law and medical schools.  The title has been recommended by Video Librarian, Educational Media Reviews Online, and Booklist.  Kim's struggles to find a better life for her family illustrate the social, cultural, legal and political dimensions of family violence.  The film also tells the story of the creators of the hugely influential "Duluth Model," domestic violence policies  that have been  adopted around the world.  Today the Duluth approach faces new challenges from outside critics.   At the same time,  leaders of the battered women's movement are struggling to rekindle the spirit of sisterhood that has propelled the movement for 30 years

Along the way, this multi-level narrative also explores the deepest causes of domestic violence and the solutions that have evolved to stop it, celebrating the activists who demanded change in the 1980s, and examining new alternative approaches that are now being advocated.


Highly Recommended
- Barb Bergman, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Educational Media Review Online,

- M. Puffer-Rothenberg

Video Librarian

point[s] to the complexity of the problem and the critical need for national, state, and community-based responses to crimes of abusive behavior.
- Carol Holzberg


... valuable to all those interested in domestic abuse issues.
- Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY

Library Journal

Peter Cohn has captured two key social phenomenon in his documentary: the power of ordinary citizens to permanently alter the social conditions that fuel violence, and the power of a single woman to struggle for her dignity and her children's safety against incredible social forces thwarting those simple goals of justice.

Ellen Pence
Battered Women's Movement Leader, Co-founder, the Duluth Model


Ellen Pence

"... demonstrates the complexities victims face at the hands of an abusive husband or boyfriend. This film encourages thoughtful dialogue on what we need to do to end domestic violence. I hope it receives widespread exposure."

Michael Paymar
Battered Women's Movement Leader, Co-founder, the Duluth Model

Michael Paymar
Director's Commentary: 

I made Power and Control because I believe there's a huge need for a film that takes a deep look at the shocking persistence of gender violence in our society.   It has been incredibly gratifying to watch the film seen and used on hundreds of campuses, and in domestic violence shelters, sexual assault programs, military bases and many other settings.

I started working on the film with the assumption that most people already know that domestic violence is a pervasive social ill.    But as I visited shelters and met with DV advocates, it became clear to me that much of the story hasn't been told. Who are the victims of domestic violence?  How do domestic violence shelters work?  What has become of the battered women's movement pioneers who started the first shelters?  Who are the strongest critics of the mainstream approach to domestic violence?   What would it be like to film the men who batter?

I love to hear from students and faculty -- and welcome questions and debate about the core ideas presented in the film, as well as any questions about Kim, her daughters, Josh and the film's other heroic main subjects, and where they are now.