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Private Violence, Public Crisis


Segment 1: Aquantiance Violence Allied Film + Video : Simon & Schuster / Coronet: 5889M: Dolby

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Private Violence, Public Crisis
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Through stories of ordinary people whose lives are affected by violence--as perpetrators and as victims--Private Violence, Public Crisis looks at the causes and tragic impact of acquaintance violence; the myths and underlying behavior patterns; the role of social attitudes and the media in glamorizing violence, as well as ways to stop it. This film reveals that acquaintance violence can include a range of escalating behaviors--from verbal and psychological abuse to physical assault and murder--and demonstrates how police, social service and health care officials are addressing this issue in a new way: as a disease of epidemic proportions. Narrated by Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Social Issues
Chicago: “Private Violence, Public Crisis,” 09/26/1989, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D6EC345284AE4E6386477A7F65CAA572.
MLA: “Private Violence, Public Crisis.” 09/26/1989. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D6EC345284AE4E6386477A7F65CAA572>.
APA: Private Violence, Public Crisis. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D6EC345284AE4E6386477A7F65CAA572
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