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Private Violence
We did it! We've reached our goal and we couldn't have done it without you. This has been a true team effort from start to finish.
Private Violence
Durham, United States
Verified Nonprofit
$17,192 USD raised by 145 backers
115% of $15,000 
flexible goal
No time left



We did it! We've reached our goal and we couldn't have done it without you. This has been a true team effort from start to finish.

For those who still wish to contribute we want you to know that any additional funds raised will be set aside for community based events and trainings. If you are interested in bringing Private Violence to your community please contact us through Facebook or the Private Violence website.


With humility and gratitude,

 PV Team

What We Need and What You Get

We need to raise $15,000 to complete the final edit. After years of fundraising, outreach, production, and editing, we are so close to having a finished film! We have winnowed down literally over a hundred hours of footage to create this feature length documentary. I am working with the award-winning filmmaker Cynthia Hill to use Deanna’s story to illuminate and explore the complexities of domestic violence, and to demonstrate that domestic violence is a crime that reaches beyond a particular race or class of women. 

We’re most excited about the perk that is available to everyone who makes a $10 donation and up. The battered women’s movement has always been made up of people from all walks of life who came together motivated by one common goal: to end violence against women. By supporting this project, you will have an opportunity to honor someone in your life or community who is helping to make a difference. Or you can take this opportunity to memorialize someone who lost their life to domestic violence. These tributes will live on a dedicated page on the Private Violence website.

Other perks include DVDs of our two short films, a finished copy of the feature length film, an exclusive invitation to meet Gloria Steinem at our NYC film premier, and more!

Plus, your contribution to Private Violence is a tax-deductible donation (minus the actual cost of the Perk). You will receive a letter from our fiscal sponsor, the Southern Documentary Fund, for your tax records.

The Impact

We have delivered over 500 copies of The Trainer’s Edition across the United States and around the world. In the state of Tennessee, the DVD was viewed by 18,000 social workers and criminal justice professionals. The short documentary A New Kind of Strength has been viewed online over 250 times, in countries as far flung as New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Poland, Italy, England, Canada, and France. And the Private Violence trailer on our website ( has been seen by over 2600 people. We’ve already shown that we know how to make compelling documentary films that make a real impact. 

We have the support of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Futures Without Violence, the National Center of Domestic and Sexual Violence, and other state and local organizations that are ready and waiting to share the feature length version of Private Violence with their constituents. In other words, we have a guaranteed national and international audience! You are making a contribution to a documentary that will do a lot more than sit on a shelf. It will be a catalyst for awareness and, most importantly, change.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can make a donation to Private Violence – thank you! But if you’re not in a position to give, but want to support the project, please spread the word to your friends, your colleagues, your families – anyone who you know who wants to help make a difference. 

Who We Are 

Executive Producer

Gloria Steinem is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the Women's Liberation Movement of the late 60s and 70s. She co-founded Ms. Magazine and is a prominent writer and political figure. Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of multiple awards and honors. 


Cynthia Hill is an independent documentary filmmaker living in Durham, NC. Hill began her production career working as an editor in NYC. She began producing her own films in 1997. Her credits include Tobacco Money Feeds My Family (Producer/Director/Co-Editor), The Guestworker (Producer/Director/Co-Editor), Survivor to Survivor (Project Director), February One (Co-Producer) and Grace and the New Rules (Editor). Hill’s work has appeared nationally on PBS and the Sundance Channel and featured in festivals around the globe. Hill also co-founded the Southern Documentary Fund and has lectured at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. 


A documentary and editorial photographer for the past 20 years, Rex Miller’s clients have included ABC News, American Express, Atlantic Records, Calvin Klein, CBS, Forbes, John Kennedy, Jr., McDonald's, Musician, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Nickelodeon, the Robin Hood Foundation, Rolling Stone, Spin, Sony Music, and Time. Miller directed, produced and photographed the documentary feature, SOMAY KU: A Uganda Tennis Story, which premiered on the Tennis Channel and won "Best Documentary" at the Malibu Film Festival.  Miller’s other films for the Tennis Channel include Who’s Next and Behind These Walls. Miller’s cinematography credits include The Loving Story, an HBO film that was short-listed for the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Documentary. 


Tom Vickers has been working as a documentary editor for over 10 years with his work appearing on PBS, the Discovery Channel, ESPN and the Tennis Channel.  His feature documentary work includes “Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm”which screened at the SouthBySouthwest and Los Angeles Film Festivals,  “February One” which appeared on Independent Lens on National PBS, “Change Comes Knocking” (PBS), and “Philadelphia Mississippi: A Short Film About Marty Stuart.”

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