Film Screening: Finding Jenn’s Voice

Thursday | October 17 | 12:30-2:00pm
Winona County History Center | 160 Johnson St.

The dominant narrative of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is clouded by myths and misconceptions. Even many documentaries purporting to speak to the issues unwittingly reinforce these myths and misconceptions. The visual shorthand for intimate partner abuse is the woman hiding a black eye behind sunglasses or heavy make-up. However, not everyone involved in a destructive relationship fits that bill. Research shows that pregnancy increases the risks of violence and homicide, and that up to 30% of all intimate partner homicides occur in relationships with no previous history of violence. It turns out that there are many characteristics of abusive relationships that have nothing to do with physical violence. You just have to look beyond the black eye.

Finding Jenn’s Voice redefines IPV to create a better understanding of the dynamics of power and control in abusive relationships. Through interviews with experts in the field and survivors of homicide attempts, Finding Jenn’s Voice offers valuable insight into the causes of abuse, describes the signs of controlling relationships, and establishes empathy for those caught up in this cycle of destructive behavior. Finding Jenn’s Voice has won several awards, including the National Association of Social Workers Best Documentary Film.

Women’s Resource Center staff will be available for those wishing further discussion..

Frozen River Film Festival is a member of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit: riverartsalliance.org/JOIN.

 

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