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Rule of Thumb
Order of Protection
A film by Jill Evans Petzall
1989, 22 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99025
A sensitive video which explores domestic violence through the perspective of women who have left abusive relationships. Five women from different backgrounds discuss their ordeals and the concrete steps they have taken to eradicate fear and violence from their daily lives. Supplemented by testimonies from a woman judge, a police officer and a former abuser, this empowering tape offers clear, concise instructions on obtaining an order of protection and other support services.

"*** This thorough and well constructed work succeeds in informing the public about both prevention and intervention in regard to domestic violence. This project addresses its important and disturbing topic so well that it should be shown on every television station and in every schoolroom across the country." - Jury Comments, American Film and Video Association



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Emmy Award Nomination
  • Hometown USA Video Festival, Best Social Service Video

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QUOTES

    "A provocative, creative video that clearly evokes a profound emotional response to the desperate situation of women affected by the cycle of violence."
    Richard Teitelman
    Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

    "Excellent...Sensitively and sympathetically illustrates the typical range of experiences that battered women encounter."
    Joan Zorza
    National Center on Women & Family Law

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