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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.
• 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.

Resources

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.

VIDEOS

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, pinpinting 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

Advocacy

Working with legislators, lawyers’ groups, public agencies, and ordinary citizens to support the full and fair consideration of improvements to domestic violence law nationwide.

Media Campaign

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.

Education

Creating and distributing discussion guides to facilitate classroom and community engagement in the prevention of domestic violence and wrongful incarceration.

Multilingual Outreach

Translating the film “Crime After Crime” and short resource videos into Spanish and distributing them to Spanish-language audiences.

Partnering Against Domestic Violence

Distributing DVDs of “Crime After Crime” to domestic violence prevention organizations nationwide through a partnership with The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and other organizations.

Teen Outreach

Arranging special events at high schools as part of a campaign to educate teenagers about the warning signs of abusive relationships.Enabling battered women’s shelters to use private screenings of “Crime After Crime” as fundraiser events.

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