Why isn’t domestic violence considered to be a national issue?
By establishing a relationship between personal experiences with domestic violence and lack of meaningful mass media coverage, this tape challenges the viewer to examine the social forces which contribute to and perpetuate violence against women and children in the home. This informative video explores a number of ways the presentation of domestic violence in the media tends to isolate and obscure the seriousness of a social epidemic which causes more injury to women than auto accidents, rapes and muggings combined. Often presented as merely a women’s issue, the tape points to the necessity that domestic violence be recognized as a men’s issue as well and suggests preventative education as a means of ending this public health crisis.
Includes interviews with Sue Martin of the Family Violence Prevention Fund and Jim Shattuck from Men Overcoming Violence, as well as excerpts from presentations by Dorothy Allison, Christine Cobaugh, Cheryl Brodie and Sapphire which were made at the “Feminism, Activism, and Art” conference which was held in San Francisco in November 1992.
1993 TRT: 28 minutes #240