Why do some beat, and even kill, the women they profess to love? In this program, women battered by husbands or boyfriends speak out about their experiences. Their stories create a mosaic of pain and fear, courage and determination, while answering the question: "Why did you stay with him?" The case of Lisa Bianco, who relied on the due process of law for protection and was murdered by her ex-husband, is included.
This program looks at the effects of family violence on the abused and the abuser: at the danger that abused children will grow up to repeat the pattern of violence in their own relationships; at the problems of date violence; at the physical and emotional abuse women suffer at the hands of their husbands and lovers. While showing the benefits of therapy, it stresses the need of the abused for safety from those who abuse them--shelters, hot-lines and community assistance.
Every 12 seconds in America, a woman is beaten by her husband or boyfriend. This program presents the experiences of three women who sought to break the cycle of violence by seeking refuge at a safe house, a place providing sanctuary for physically abused mothers and their children. Through their stories, Nancy, Jasmine, and Yenesia reveal a way of life in which the victims, hurt most by those who supposedly love them, often feel like the culprits. Safe at last, they realize that the abuse they suffered is not their fault; freed of guilt and fear, they can break the emotional ties that bind them to their abusers.
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