PODCAST: 'Private Violence' explores the epidemic of domestic abuse

In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Kit Gruelle, who is part of a new documentary called “Private Violence,” which examines the epidemic of domestic violence and follows a number of survivors of abuse and the advocates who support them.
This show includes clips from the film which contain descriptions of violence that may upset or trigger some listeners.
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • This is soooo needed. When are we going to reclaim domestic violence as sexist violence? Whilst it is framed as a locational issue rather than an attitudinal one, then the violence will remain fragmented from its source, that of male ownership of women and children.

  • Rchen

    I used to be a domestic violence and sexual assault hotline operator. The things that Kit pointed out were taught to us before we were allowed to talk to clients, in addition to other extensive training. It helped me make sense of a lot of things that I saw happen to people close to me (luckily not me or my mom) when I was growing up. I hope to get back to working with people advocating for women when I get start practicing law soon.

    One of things that really strikes me about domestic violence as a crime, and that makes it similar to rape and other gendered crimes is that we require the victim to be perfect or we won’t help them. They can never hit back, or take any substances to deal with their pain and stress, or do fail in any way or the system that is supposed to get them out and punish their abuser will not believe them. We don’t treat other crimes this way, but the horrors that women face in their homes from the people who are supposed to love them are somehow considered not as important or as real as crime that strangers commit else where.

    Thank you for your bravery and hard work Ms. Gruelle! I hope that everyone will see this film and learn what domestic violence really is.

    • Derrington

      Having been assaulted by two men in my life, what i realised is how men cover each others backs. You see it in child abuse too. Its what made me a radical feminist, actually hearing my own father asking what id done to deserve being pushed out of a 1st floor window and my brother taking my exs side too simply because he was a fellow male. I had the same bigotry from male police officers in a later assault where the male didnt even talk to me, he just made up his mind i was equally at fault because id defended myself, i had to point out to him that its uk law that a person can use comensurate force to defend themselves in an attack such was his bigotry against women and his belief in the male. I think police should be screened for hierarcachal beliefs about gender/race/religion because their anti equality attitudes are getting people killed.