Series
Domestic Violence
Episode
Domestic Violence Helpline
Producing Organization
New Jersey Network
Contributing Organization
New Jersey Network (Trenton, New Jersey)
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-259-707wpk6z
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Episode Description
"Statistics show that every year millions of women are beaten and abused by their mates. 'Battered Wives, Shattered Lives' is the most complete examination of the crime of [wife-beating] to date. The [hour-long] documentary not only examined the plight of abused women and their children but also what is being done by the courts, law enforcement and shelter and rehabilitation programs. "When the documentary premiered locally on New Jersey Network in March 1985 we combined the local premiere with an [hour-long] live follow-up call-in program with a panel of experts and experienced domestic violence hotline workers. Over 1,200 people took advantage of the toll-free number for help and information and the program was extended a [half-hour] to handle the deluge of calls. "When the documentary aired nationally on June 17th, it was carried in 168 markets covering 96.7 per cent of all U.S. television households. The national airing was accompanied by two live call-in programs, 'Domestic Violence Helpline.' Over 10,000 people from as far away as Alaska, took advantage of our nationwide toll-free hotline. In several instances, our hotline volunteers had to call police in various towns across the country to stop actual abuse in progress. "New Jersey Network, with the help of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, put together the most comprehensive directory of domestic violence help agencies across the country. People continued to call and write New Jersey Network for months after the documentary aired. A local legislator in Alabama and a magistrate judge in Georgia both called to say that our domestic violence programs convinced them that legislation in their respective states should be changed to offer greater protection to domestic violence victims. They are both working to do just that. "After viewing our documentary, Congressman Dean Gallo wrote to President Reagan requesting funding of the Family Violence Prevention and Service Act. The act was signed into law in 1984 but was only funded after our documentary aired."--1985 Peabody Awards entry form. This is the hour-long helpline call-in as described above. NJN's Kent Manahan introduces the program. Panelists are Angela Brown, a psychologist with the Family Research Lab at the University of New Hampshire; Joe Morse, co-founder of Emerge, the first counseling group in the country for men who batter; Beth Ritchey, co-chair of the Women of Color Task Force of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Diane Auber is executive director of the Jersey Battered Women's Service in Morris County, New Jersey; Evan Stark, a sociologist who studies how the medical profession responds to domestic violence; and Shirley Williams. She's a former battered woman who killed her husband twenty three years ago. She spent a year and a half in prison for involuntary manslaughter.
Broadcast Date
1985-06-17
Created Date
1985-06-17
Asset type
Episode
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
01:00:35.881
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Credits
Producing Organization: New Jersey Network
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New Jersey Network
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Generation: Dub
Duration: 01:00:00
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
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Format: U-matic
Duration: 00:58:00
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Citations
Chicago: “Domestic Violence; Domestic Violence Helpline,” 1985-06-17, New Jersey Network, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-259-707wpk6z.
MLA: “Domestic Violence; Domestic Violence Helpline.” 1985-06-17. New Jersey Network, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 28, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-259-707wpk6z>.
APA: Domestic Violence; Domestic Violence Helpline. Boston, MA: New Jersey Network, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-259-707wpk6z