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Mending Spirits .
Shows the emotional, spiritual and psychological jouneys of women who leave abusive relationships .
Item No.: ME03
Price: $189.95
58 minutes.
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Mending Spirits

Three women tell how they reclaimed their lives in the aftermath of domestic violence. Their stories are echoed by voices from around the world, recorded at the Rally for Women's Lives held in Washington, DC and the United Nations Conference on Women held recently in Beijing, China.

The theme of the universality of the problem of domestic abuse is woven together with artwork, poetry and journal entries written by survivors of domestic abuse. While the film celebrates the joy of achievement, it also chronicles the courage each woman has called forth to reclaim and rebuild her life - to define herself. The courage to leave is tremendous, but the courage needed to face the many days and nights after she closes that door is different. "Mending Spirits" is about that different, daily bravery; it is the journey from Victim to Survivor to Thriver.

[Mending Spirits] portrays leaving an abusive relationship as a process rather than an event, which accurately describes what the experience is like for so many abused women. A good discussion of the wide ranges of emotions that women experience not just the obvious ones like fear, shame, and guilt but also the pain of loss. All in all, it conveys a powerful, upbeat message of hope that victims can become survivors, find a better life, heal, and thrive.

Bonnie E. Carlson, Ph.D., CSW
University at Albany
State University of New York
Co-Author of "Inmates and Their
Wives: Incarceration and Family
Life (Studies in Social Welfare
Policies and Programs)"


 Three out of four stars.
...absorbing. [an] overwhelming sense...of fostering female self-empowerment through a community of survivors.
Definitely recommended.

A. Cantu
Video Librarian Catalog

[The film] would be quite useful in courses on domestic violence, or gender issues in general. The film is visually interesting, not just the usual talking heads seen in such types of films. I thought the film was well done, touching and uplifting. Congrats. I have taught such courses since 1980 and have used many such films; this is one of the best.

Elaine Leeder
Dean of the School of Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology
Sonoma State University
Author of "The Family in Global
Perspective: A Gendered Journey"



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Health: Violence Education
Violence Prevention: Domestic Violence
Violence Prevention: Family Advocacy/DoD

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