During the month of October, in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Peter Cohn is streaming his documentary, Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America, for free. If you are like me and cannot afford to purchase the documentary outright, I urge you to take advantage of this and watch. The documentary traces the story of Kim, who is a mother of three girls from Duluth, MN escaping an abusive marriage. Throughout the video, you will learn that Kim and her husband (the abuser) both survived abuse in their childhood homes. There is footage of discussions with abusers mandated to counseling for their crime. Not only this, you will learn where mandated arrests and other procedures that came about via what many coined “The Duluth Model.” ***Please be advised that there are scenes that may trigger you or that you may find difficult to view and language you may find objectionable.*** Those of us who have been abused know this truth, but we still try to warn each other about things that may be triggers whenever possible, because we never want to subject another to something that will cause them emotional harm or set them back in their healing. However, it is imperative for those of you on the outside looking in to bear in mind that domestic violence is never pretty, neat, or easy to swallow.
As you see in the video, Kim did not follow through with the divorce and mentions her fears that things will eventually turn back to the way they were when she fled with the children. You will be able to note the frustration on her husband’s face when talking to one of the girls and you will see the restraint on his face trying not to react. And you will also see Kim speak about one of her daughter’s response to him being back in the house. Please note that most abusers do not change. Even when you are in peacefulness, you must always remain vigilant it might not last. For those of you who have not been abused, do not judge Kim for the decision she made. It isn’t as easy as you think to get away. It takes an average of 7-9 times for a victim to leave before they escape successfully.
Share with anyone you think would be interested. You can access the videos via the main site or the individual links. I have included all four below. Even if he never sees this, I still want to thank Mr. Cohn for making this available this month and inviting those who view it to share the links freely with others.
Main Website for Power and Control: http://www.powerandcontrolfilm.com/
Link to Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America (free preview): http://vimeo.com/19794785
Link to Domestic Violence and Law Enforcement (free preview): http://vimeo.com/10077536
Link to Domestic Violence and Health Care (free preview): http://vimeo.com/15837394