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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, and 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.

Working with True Vision 

'This film is a testament to the courage and fortitude of women – and men – who experience domestic abuse. The film was made with care and sensitivity, and the process of filming has been empowering and cathartic for those involved.

The film reflects the reality for many people across the country. There are independent services across the UK which work with and for victims of abuse and their children. We hope the film will contribute to raising awareness and encourage people who are affected, and their families and friends, to seek support and to do so as early as possible.”

 

Romy Briant MBE, Chair Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse

Anna Hall produced and directed ‘Behind Closed Doors.’ She is a multi-award winning documentaryDirector/Producer, specialising in the most difficult social issue films often involving violence against women and children. She won the RTS Journalism Award in 2014 and was nominated for a BAFTA in Current Affairs for her film The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs which covered exclusively the inside story of a major Police investigation over a 3 years period involving Child Sexual Exploitation and Gang Grooming. She also won the Women in Film & Television BBC Factual & Current Affairs Award in 2013 in recognition of her 17 year campaign to raise the profile of the plight of victims of CSE and Gang Grooming. Her passion is to expose difficult social issues and bring them to a mainstream audience.