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FILM SCREENING IN HONOUR OF NATIONAL VICTIMS OF CRIME AWARENESS WEEK

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The VictoBCD_Poster_dr2ria Women’s Transition House society has been promoting its vision of a community free of relationship violence and abuse for forty years. A large part of creating this community is providing education to those who are experiencing domestic violence, those who witness it and community members who may see the effects of violence. Children who live in a violent home experience trauma, and it is part of VWTH’s mandate to educate the community of the impacts of that trauma.

Behind Closed Doors: Children Who Witness Domestic Abuse, is a 25 minute educational DVD produced by VWTH. Its aim is to give parents, caregivers, and community members, insight into how children experience life in a violent home. It addresses the impact that witnessing domestic violence has on the developing brain of infants and children, highlighting the effects it has on their behavior. This video also discusses the impact that witnessing domestic violence has on children in the long term, and within their future relationships.

This video is designed to be educational. It is not aimed at blaming parents, but at providing them with information to support their child. The language used is accessible and gender-neutral. There are scenes which depict a child’s experience within a violent home, but they are aimed at capturing the perspective of the child, not the abuse itself.

The DVD is divided into two parts. In the first part, clinical psychologist Dr. Sandra Wieland gives a clear and understandable explanation of what is happening for a child living in a violent home. She explains how the development of the brain is impacted by witnessing violence, and the results that this may have on a child’s behavior. This part offers a clear illustration of how a child may act out after witnessing abuse – and how abuse in the home can have a negative impact on their entire lives. Dr. Wieland also offers insight into how this trauma can impact the brain into adulthood.

The second part of the DVD offers advice on steps parents and caregivers can take to help children survive this experience with the best possible outcome. Shemine Gulamhusein – Shelter Program Manager for VWTH – provides insight into how parents can seek support for themselves and their children in order to safely remove themselves from an abusive situation. She also discusses how teachers and community members can respond to the behaviors resulting from witnessing abuse, and how to provide a safe space for children.

Victoria Women’s Transition House offers a Children Who Witness Abuse counseling program. This program helps children recognize abusive behaviour, look at alternatives to violence and break the cycle of abuse. It gives them the tools to deal with their feelings and experiences. Behind Closed Doors is an excellent learning tool for parents and community members, and a great reminder that there is support for children who are witnessing abuse.

Behind Closed Doors is available for purchase through VWTH, please contact us by email or by phone 250-592-2927.

We will also be screening the DVD as part of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week on April 23rd. The screening will take place at Cinecenta Theatre UVic at 2pm, to be followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Sandra Wieland (Clinical Psychologist), Shemine Gulamhusein (Shelter Program Manager), and Kerilee McLeod (Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor). Admission is by donation.

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