The IPV film series seeks to educate survivors on legal and safety strategies through a detailed discussion of the protective order process. The content is presented in a way that affirms the complexity of survivors’ experiences and respects their expertise on their own lives. It is with this voice that we offer a narrative that communicates the power and dignity survivors maintain throughout their struggle.
We present a challenge to the stereotypical ideas of survivor identity. We recognize that intimate partner violence disproportionately affects women. However, we also know that intimate partner violence can affect anyone. We’ve made an effort to reflect that in our cast and communicate to all survivors that we see them and are here for them and with them.
While current data shows that much of IPV is perpetrated by men against women in heterosexual, or “straight” relationships, IPV is also experienced in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer relationships, and IPV can be experienced by people in relationships where one or both partners identify as trans, gender non conforming, non-binary, or other gender identities. We cannot stress enough that IPV is experienced by people across race and ethnicity, class and financial status, educational background, religion, and other identities. In this film series, we hope to make space for all who have experienced IPV to gain useful information and perspectives.
We are confident that increasing accessibility to information through multimedia projects like this will be a strong step forward in reducing the impact of intimate partner violence and its influence on homelessness. As concern for social welfare erodes, even well recognized social ill like intimate partner violence need to be reignited in our collective consciousness. Building interventions with digital media is one way to increase access to information and refocus our attention and concern towards intimate partner violence. It is with these motivations that we present this impactful resource.