Tonight (14th March) a documentary will be shown on BBC One 9pm ‘Behind closed Doors’
We will be able to see Oxfordshire’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) service at work. The documentary follows the story of three high-risk victims of domestic abuse through the Criminal Justice process.
Two victims are supported by staff from the charity Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse’s IDVA service, and one by the DASH charity in Slough. The film was also made in conjunction with Thames Valley Police. The documentary reflects reality for thousands of victims of domestic abuse of all ages, genders, nationalities and faiths.
Shot over 12 months, and starting from the moment a 999 call is received, the film follows three brave women who each waive their right to anonymity to show how insidious and terrifying domestic abuse can be. The complex emotions involved when someone you love becomes violent are also exposed, as are the difficulties for police when those feelings mean victims are not completely honest.
With an unfolding, present tense narrative, the film also exposes the lack of consistency in terms of the length of sentence given to offenders. When the police repeatedly take one perpetrator to court only to have magistrates release him again and again, the film demonstrates how the huge ordeal of going to court for these victims of domestic abuse does not mean that, in their eyes, justice will automatically follow.
Read the Telegraph article featuring Olivia Colman the narrator here
Behind Closed Doors is on BBC One tonight [Monday, 14th March], 9pm. Or on demand after broadcast here
If you would like to talk to someone about domestic violence and abuse please call the Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 408 1552. In an emergency, please call 999.
If you would like further information on domestic abuse, visit the Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse (WADA) website Talk2Someone.org
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