Private Violence


Private Violence

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This documentary examines the journey of Deanna, an Oklahoma cop whose estranged husband Robbie kidnapped and beat her for four days, but was shockingly never arrested. Exploring the "old boys" system that strives to overlook domestic violence, the film follows Deanna through the process of dealing with her ordeal and working to put Robbie in jail.


Critic Reviews for Private Violence

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  • Private Violence... shows with shocking clarity that the worst of such cases rarely involve just a single punch, and that the problem is far more entrenched than a trending-on-Twitter moment makes it seem.

    Oct 20, 2014 | Full Review…
  • "Private Violence" is extremely sad, but it has a lot of hope.

    Oct 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Brisk and disturbing, it should be an eye-opener to anyone whose understanding of domestic violence amounts to the ignorant suggestion, "Why didn't you leave?"

    Oct 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Cynthia Hill delivers a vivid portrait of one leading justice advocate and one survivor of horrific spousal abuse.

    Jan 27, 2014 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • A well-done advocacy doc using two women, one an advocate for protecting abuse victims and the other a survivor of abuse, to highlight the complexities of trying to escape an abusive relationship.

    Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Law enforcement, the justice system and society as a whole have often turned a deaf ear to these women. Private Violence is a deeply empathetic documentary response.

    Jun 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Private Violence

  • Jul 08, 2016
    Powerful piece that tells stories of domestic violence.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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