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After the Montreal Massacre NFB
This film helps us come to terms with the murder of fourteen women at an engineering school in Montreal. It deals with how these murders relate to the larger picture of male violence that confronts women on the streets and in their own homes. The haunting images taken on the day of the massacre and in the days following set the stage for an exploration of the issues of misogyny, male violence and sexism.
1990, 27 min., 9190 097, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: National Film Board of Canada
Disponible en français : Au-delà du 6 décembre
Behind Closed Doors
In their own languages, three women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds discuss how violence has affected their children and themselves. Their courageous stories reflect on cultural barriers to seeking help, personal turning points, and how they survived and started new lives for themselves and their families. A user’s guide accompanies the video. English, Spanish and Punjabi with English subtitles.
1998, 23 min.15 sec., 9198 131, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Deluxe Productions Canada Ltd.
Black–Eyed Susan
This video describes how a little boy is affected by witnessing his father beating his mother. Jonathan is having trouble at school and is reluctant to tell anyone what’s troubling him. A black-eyed Susan in a bouquet of flowers reminds him of his mother’s black eye, so Jonathan refuses to go home. Eventually, the abuse is revealed and Jonathan’s family gets the help they need. This film shows children that there are things they can do to help themselves.
1994, 46 min., 0194 117, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Sneyd Syndicate Inc.
Bridging the River of Silence
Three women who have been abused by their spouses talk about the complexity of the problem. This production focuses on one woman’s efforts to use the criminal justice system to end the abuse. The film highlights the special cooperative approach of the professional people associated with the criminal justice system in Renfrew County, Ontario.
1991, 65 min., 0191 134, VHS
Purchase inquiries: kineticvideo.com
Disponible en français : Un pont sur l’abîme du silence
Changing the Ending  
This video explores many issues through the eyes of two women who have found shelter at a transition house after being assaulted by their partners. Although the characters are fictional their stories are based on a composite of real stories about the intense and conflicting emotions which abused women experience when they face police, courts and the legal system. The video provides some insight into the courageous struggle of abused women to stop the abuse and change the ending. A User’s Guide helps to introduce the video, elaborate on issues and concepts raised in the video, and plan related activities.
1997, 30 min., 9197 199, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick
Charting New Waters: How to Respond to Violence Against Women with Disabilities
Charting New Waters is a video and study guide about violence against women with disabilities. This video can be used as a resource for teaching caregivers, social workers, advocates and criminal justice personnel how to deal with these situations in a respectful and appropriate manner.
1996, 38 min., 0196 164, VHS
Purchase Inquiries: Justice Institute of B.C.
Disponible en français : Une nouvelle cartographie : Comment répondre à la violence faite aux femmes handicapées
The Crown Prince NFB
Billy is fifteen and for most of his life his family has
kept a deadly secret—a secret of violence and fear. Billy knows what it means to be a victim, and he comes to learn what it means to be "just like dad". A powerful drama that looks at the real and pressing problem of wife assault from the perspective of the children.
1988, 37 min. 41 sec., 9188 037, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: National Film Board of Canada
Disponible en français : Le Prince héritier
Discovering the Child Within: The Abuse of Pregnant Women and Their Children
This film documents the experiences of women who have been abused during pregnancy. The resource focuses on how the violence affected each woman, her fetus, her family and the professionals involved. The video comes with a workbook which offers ideas on how to create and facilitate a women’s empowerment group.
1992, 30 min., 0192 172, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Northumberland Services for Women
Domestic Violence
An informative and innovative training tool for front-line social workers, doctors, nurses and other health professionals. Part 1 presents a historical overview of the issue of violence against women; part 2 covers a variety of topics from how to detect wife abuse injuries to how to approach women who may be in an abusive relationship. Domestic Violence illustrates in a clear and direct way the seriousness of wife assault and shows health professionals and social workers how they can help abused women.
1994, 74 min., 0194 148, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Domestic Violence Program
Double Jeopardy
Double Jeopardy characterizes the extent of violence against women with disabilities and suggests ways of addressing this issue at the local level. Women with disabilities, who are survivors of family violence, tell their stories. This video is primarily intended for women living in independent living centres, their caregivers and other professionals working in the field.
1996, 30 min., 0196 162, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres
Fires of Transformation
This resource is a documentary about a women’s theatre troupe called VOICE (Violence Overcome In Creative Ensemble) whose members have written and produced a play about their experiences as survivors of violence. The play describes how women overcome violence alone and within the sisterhoods of women’s shelters.
1991, 60 min., 0191 124, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
Francis and Terry
This fictitious dramatization focuses on the experiences of woman abuse in one family. With a view to informing criminal justice professionals, it details many facets of spousal abuse and highlights the experiences of women within the criminal justice system.
1992, 58 min., 0192 189, VHS
Purchase inquiries: National Judicial Institute
Disponible en français : France et Thierry
How Then Shall We Live
Through personal interviews with people who have left abusive relationships, How Then Shalll We Live explores the process of leaving and rebuilding. The video offers practical and legal suggestions for those who need to leave situations of domestic violence and for those who would like to be supportive neighbours, service providers and friends. A Facilitator Guide that can be used for small community groups, schools and professional workshops accompanies the video.
1999, 24 min., 9199 290, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Live Wire Productions
In Our Defence: A Film About Women and Violence
Tina, Sara and Tammy are young women stuck in unsatisfactory relationships with men. Through their own stories, statements from counsellors, police and legal experts, viewers gain a fresh perspective on Canadian law and society. A video geared to young people between fifteen and twenty-five years of age.
1992, 28 min. 50 sec., 0192 173, VHS
Purchase inquiries: The Image Works Distribution Inc.
Designed as a public education tool for the Greek community, this video documents the destructive effects of violence in the home and demonstrates the steps towards recovery for both victims and abusers.
1993, 48 min., 0193 113 VHS
Purchase inquiries: Greek Orthodox Family Services and Counselling
A Love that Kills NFB  
A Love that Kills is a powerful documentary that tells the story of Monica, a nineteen-year-old woman who was murdered by her former boyfriend. Monica’s mother speaks passionately throughout the video telling viewers about her daughter’s life and tragic death. The video helps to identify the warning signs of partner abuse, especially in young people, and the damage it causes emotionally and physically. It will help generate discussion and action and is appropriate for use in Health, Guidance, Family Law or Social Studies classes.
1999, 19 min. 32 sec., 9199 118, VHS CC  
Purchase Inquiries: National Film Board of Canada
Make a Difference: How to Respond to Child Witnesses of Woman Abuse
This video is intended for use by a variety of children's service providers, educators, and community volunteers who wish information on the effects of witnessing woman abuse on children. The video also provides information and suggestions on how to help identify child witnesses and on what to do in the case of disclosure.
1995, 21 min. 40 sec., 0195 210, VHS
Purchase Inquiries: Magic Lantern Communications Ltd.
Marker of Change: The Story of the Women’s Monument  
This is the remarkable story of a small and determined group of Vancouver feminists who set out to create a permanent marker to name and remember the 14 women murdered at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6th, 1989. The success of their struggle, amidst controversy and criticism, is a benchmark in feminist history and a Canadian model for social activism. It is a provocative and loving follow story to the 1991 NFB/ CBC film After the Montreal Massacre. Intended to provoke a healing shift in consciousness for female and male audiences.
1998, 52 min., 9198 154, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Moving Images Distribution
Mixed Messages: Portrayals of Women in Media
Mixed Messages is a five part multi-media workshop in which participants analyze negative images of women in media and learn to counteract these portrayals with a personal plan of action. This media literacy resource is intended for use in the classroom and for teacher education. Part 1: Introduction to Violence against Women in Media; Part 2: Focus on Advertising; Part 3: Gender Equality, Stereotypes... Media and Reality; Part 4: A Taste for Violence?; Part 5: What Shall We Do?
1995, 27 min. 40 sec., 0195 211, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Not available
Disponible en français : Les médias, c'est le climat
No Longer Silent NFB
This film explores several key issues in the struggle against the injustices done to women in India including: the abuse of the dowry system, which often leads to the harassment and murder of many young brides, and the traditional preference for male children.
1986, 56 min. 28 sec., 0186 510, VHS
Purchase inquiries: National Film Board of Canada Disponible en français : La Fin d’un long silence
No Small Matter
Performed in Punjabi by a Vancouver theatre group, this video portrays a woman who is abused by her husband and seeks help from her extended family. The video depicts attitudes rather than solutions and is intended to spark discussion about family violence and the role of the community in confronting the problems. The dramatization is followed by comments from various service providers. Punjabi with English subtitles.
1991, 28 min., 5791 168, VHS
Purchase inquiries: The People’s Law School, The Public Legal Education Society
One Hit Leads to Another
John has a good job, a nice home, two great kids and a wife who loves him. Why does he beat his wife? This film debunks the myths surrounding the issue of wife abuse. It consists of five dramatic vignettes, punctuated with interviews of victims, recovering batterers and experts with advice on available resources.
1990, 15 min., 9190 185, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: kineticvideo.com
Disponible en français : On ne frappe pas qu’une fois
A Place to Start
A Place to Start is part of an educational package which explains the criminal law process for women who have been assaulted by their husbands or boyfriends. The video includes interviews with several women, survivors of abuse, who describe what happened to them when they took their abusive husbands to court. The video and accompanying handbook tell women what to expect and what supports are available at each step in the process.
1994, 40 min. 31 sec., 9194 031, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: B.C. Institute Against Family Violence
Disponible en français : Après l’agression
Right from the Start: Dating Violence Prevention for Teens
This film is part of an educational package designed to help teenagers recognize dating abuse and confront unacceptable attitudes and behaviour. The clips follow a group of teens at school, home, the drama club and at a party to illustrate the escalation of boyfriends’ abusive behaviour: from humiliating jokes to violent physical and sexual attacks. An easy-to-follow guide suggests questions and role-playing exercises for each dramatized scenario.
1992, 25 min., 9192 162, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: kineticvideo.com
Disponible en français : Dès le début
A Room Full of Men
This documentary examines a group of men who have abused women, and their efforts to change. As the story unfolds, both participants and viewers learn that violence is more than beatings and bruises. As long as men believe they have authority and control over women, both physically and mentally, the potential for violence remains.
1992, 48 min., 0192 147, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Heartland Motion Pictures Inc.
Safety for You
This video provides a detailed explanation of community services available to Kelsey, a deaf/hearing impaired woman, who is seeking safety from family violence. This video addresses violence in lesbian relationships as well as violence against women with disabilities. The video provides a dramatization of an abusive relationship between two women with hearing impairments and then details the possible steps that could follow, including contacting the police, finding a shelter, and beginning to regain a sense of self and security. 
American Sign Language with English voiceover and captions.
1997, 23 min., 9198 126, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Ottawa Deaf Centre
Seen… But Not Heard: A Docu-Drama About the Serious Emotional and Physical Effects on Children Who Witness Their Mothers Being Abused
The film focuses on the emotional problems and psychological damage inflicted on children who have to deal with fear, anger, constant disappointment and inappropriate responsibilities. It also shows what it is like to go to a shelter. The film includes explanations of the children’s behaviour from health professional, Dr. Peter Jaffe, and comments from victims and an abuser. The film describes the kinds of behaviour children in these situations display that teachers or school counsellors should be aware of, stressing the need for witnesses and victims to seek counselling.
1993, 29 min., 0193 119, VHS
Purchase inquiries: kineticvideo.com
Still Killing Us Softly
This is the sequel to the widely acclaimed Killing Us Softly, filmed in 1979. In her continuous efforts to unmask the techniques used in selling a product, Jean Kilbourne draws attention to the sexual, violent and pornographic aspects of advertising. She points out that the image of women in advertising continues to be negative.
1987, 30 min., 9187 145, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: kineticvideo.com
Themes of Defense
Nine dramatic vignettes that illustrate how abusive men rationalize or deny their violent behaviour. The video deals with the repeated themes of those rationalizations: the relationship blamer, the evader and minimizer, the great communicator, the depressed and compliant, the denier, the alcohol blamer, the guilty, the born-again and the super-cooperative. Each scene is followed by a discussion with Dale Trimble, a therapist who has worked with abusive men for over fifteen years, and who developed the concept for this program. The video and accompanying materials will teach professionals in the field how to respond to each of these themes in a way that increases the man’s responsibility for his behaviour. The program also describes the dangers of working with these men and stresses the importance of keeping women and children safe. The video and training materials constitute a two to three hour workshop.
1994, 58 min., 0194 118 VHS
Purchase inquiries: B.C. Institute Against Family Violence
The Ticket Back NFB
Linda recently divorced her abusive husband Bill and is now trying to make a new life for herself and her two children. Bill becomes jealous and violent and threatens to take the children away from her. Mysteriously, a social worker comes to investigate an anonymous complaint that Linda is neglecting her children. The next day a court order is delivered—Bill is demanding custody of the children. Linda panics. Should she run or should she stay and fight?
1990, 49 min., 9190 064, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: National Film Board of Canada
Violence Against Women
"Breaking the Silence"

Hosted by an RCMP constable, this video contains stories of hope for women who are in violent relationships and provides practical and valuable information on how to leave an abusive partner. Breaking the Silence also gives advice and understanding to people who know of, or witness domestic violence, and offers help for abusers. The video focuses on the secrecy surrounding domestic violence, urging individuals and the community to speak out and ‘break the silence’.
1995, 50 min., 9195 217, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Friday Communications Inc.
Violence Can Happen to You
Using sign language, eight deaf/hearing impaired actors portray real life stories through re-enactment and a round table discussion to help others learn about violence against women with disabilities.
American Sign Language with English voiceover and captions.
1997, 15 min. 29 sec., 9198 127, VHS
Purchase inquiries: Ottawa Deaf Centre
What About Us: A Group Counselling Tool to Help Children Cope with the Experience of Having Witnessed Their Mothers Being Abused 
This video, which is related to Seen… But Not Heard, examines the importance of group therapy and counselling for children who have witnessed their mothers being abused. Dramatic scenes of family life in an abusive situation and of group therapy sessions show why the children need to talk about their problems, fears and anger. The film shows the development of inappropriate behaviour, and how counselling can help children cope with and talk about their experiences, learn better methods to deal with anger and fear, and how to plan escapes from future violent situations.
1993, 28 min., 0193 120, VHS
Purchase inquiries: kineticvideo.com
When Women Kill NFB
What would make an ordinary woman kill her husband? This documentary focuses on the experiences of three battered women who, after years of violence, killed their abusers in self-defense. It explores the reasons for their actions and how they were treated by the courts. Featured author, Ann Jones, offers a historical background on society’s attitudes toward women who kill. She challenges the legal system to confront the widespread violence that men inflict daily on the home front.
1994, 48 min., 9194 002, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: National Film Board of Canada
Disponible en français : Ces femmes qui tuent
Without Fear: A Video About Violence Against Women NFB
Produced for the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women, this video is designed to raise public awareness about the extent of violence against women in Canadian society. Through the powerful stories of six survivors, the film explores various types of violence perpetrated on women, including physical abuse, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Statistical information and dramatizations of public intervention scenarios are interspersed with the personal narratives.
1993, 25 min., 9193 064, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: National Film Board of Canada
Disponible en français : Pour ne plus avoir peur : Une vidéo sur la violence faite aux femmes
You Can’t Beat a Woman! NFB
You Can’t Beat a Woman! is an unconventional exploration of violence against women. It is a journey in and out of the lives of heroic women around the world. The video moves from Canada to Russia, South Africa, Israel, Japan and Chile to locate the phenomenon of violence against women. Filmmaker Gail Singer uses ‘70s footage, montage, intimate observation and dry wit to explore the question, "Why does this phenomenon exist?".
1997, 94 min. 23 sec., 9197 170, VHS CC  
Purchase inquiries: National Film Board of Canada
You Oughta Know: Teens Talking about Dating and Abuse
This youth-oriented video uses "spoken-word poetry" and real-life stories told by teens to provide accurate accounts of their own experiences with dating abuse. Interviews with and discussions between teens about dating and relationships offer a glimpse of their ideas, misconceptions, and realizations. This film helps young people recognize and challenge unacceptable attitudes and behaviour and to define healthy relationships between the sexes.
1997, 23 min., 9197 198, VHS
Purchase inquiries: kineticvideo.com