County Health Department to Show Film on Domestic Violence

May 28 Screening Will Be Followed by Panel Discussion

By: Janene Michaelis and Camlynne Waring

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In 2012, the Walla Walla Police Department received 737 domestic violence-related calls.  Nearly a third of American women are victims of domestic violence. What can be done about these sobering numbers? 

A series of free screenings of the film Sin by Silence are being offered in Walla Walla to both raise awareness of domestic violence and address prevention.  The film will be screened on the Walla Walla University campus on Tuesday, May 28, at 7:00 p.m. in room 209 of the Winter Educational Complex.  The film showing will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts.

Sin by Silence is an emotionally packed documentary that examines the stories of women incarcerated for killing an abusive partner. Despite prison walls, these women have learned from their past and are changing the future of domestic violence statistics.

The film is being promoted by the WWU Amnesty Club, affiliated with Amnesty International.  Amy Hellie, co-president of the Amnesty Club, found the film to be an important reminder about the life-threatening situations many women face and how everyone can be a part of the solution.

“Something that really stuck with me was the fact that a woman simply leaving an abusive situation does not fix the problem,” says Hellie. “The abuser will either come after them or move on to someone else. Domestic violence is an issue where we need to stop blaming the victim.”

Though domestic violence is primarily against women, Hellie believes that both men and women need to see the film and be a part of the conversation.  “It is important for young men to see this film because the culture needs to change so that domestic violence will not be tolerated,” she says.

Audience questions will be answered after the film by a panel of local experts, including Ann Passmore from the Dayton YWCA; Lorena Ault from the YWCA of Walla Walla; Chalese Rabidue, Domestic Violence Services Officer of the Walla Walla Police Department; and Detective Miguel Sanchez of the Walla Walla Police Department.  Topics covered at previous screenings ranged from the justice system, to men being a part of the domestic violence conversation, to local prevention.

Published May 22, 2013ญญ

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