Free From Abuse uses the combined power of documentary film, grassroots advocacy, and community engagement to work towards a justice system and a future for all that are truly FREE FROM ABUSE. With our resources, you can:
• Organize a screenings of “Crime After Crime” to help educate your community, or to raise funds for local or state domestic violence prevention agencies – single fundraiser events have raised as much as $160,000 in support of domestic violence prevention organizations.
• Share our videos on the problematic intersection of abuse and the criminal justice system.
• Promote the full and fair consideration of legislative reform across the US.
• Organize and offer resources (below) to organizations, legislators, and the general public.
We have provided a variety of resources below to assist you in your efforts to learn more and to create change. Please click on any of the items below to view or download.
California’s habeas law: history and text. Provides a both a brief history and the legislative text of the first law in the US to allow incarcerated survivors of abuse to petition for their freedom.
Habeas Project letter for national advocates. The Habeas Project is the coalition of organizations that helped pass legislation in California, and that now arranges pro bono representation for incarcerated survivors of domestic violence. As the pioneering group behind this kind of effort, they have drafted an advisory letter for those seeking to start similar movements in their states.
“Crime After Crime” Home Viewing & Community Action Guide. This document will assist you in arranging a home or community viewing of the documentary film, helping energize your community to spark change.
From Protection to Punishment. This report uses hard data to explore the inextricable link between domestic violence and the incarceration of women, pinpointing problems in the legal system and offering key reforms. Published by the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School and The Women in Prison Project of the Correctional Association of New York.
Text of New York’s legislation. Text of New York’s proposed Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which promises to be the most comprehensive state law anywhere in the US dealing with how victims of domestic violence are treated by the criminal justice system. The bill is sponsored by Assemblymember Jeffrion L. Aubry and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson.
ELEMENTS OF OUR CAMPAIGN
We are working with legislators, lawyers’ groups, public agencies, and ordinary citizens to support the full and fair consideration of improvements to domestic violence law nationwide.
Partnering Against Domestic Violence
We have worked with state, local, and national domestic violence prevention organizations to help them raise funds for the essential services they provide. Agencies have collaborated with us to raise as much as $160,000 at single fundraiser events featuring the documentary “Crime After Crime” and special appearances by the filmmaker and individuals featured in the film.
We are creating short videos for use in professional curriculum to educate judges, lawyers, law students, legislators, and law enforcement officials about the intersection of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and criminal justice. These videos will be distributed in partnership with legal associations, law schools, and public agencies.
Working with high schools, colleges, law schools, and professional associations, we are organizing film screenings and distributing discussion guides to facilitate classroom and community engagement in the prevention of domestic violence and wrongful incarceration. This effort includes a campaign to educate teenagers about the warning signs of abusive relationships, and to educate the legal community about domestic violence law.
We are translating the film “Crime After Crime” and short resource videos into Spanish and distributing them to Spanish-language audiences.