The Women’s Resource Center hosted the final event in their domestic violence awareness month series on Wednesday. The event was a screening of the documentary “No Way Out But One.” After the documentary screened, WRC coordinator Ellen Collier lead a discussion about domestic violence and of the issues raised by the film.
The documentary followed the story of Holly Collins, a woman who devoted most of her life to saving her children from her abusive ex-husband.
Time and time again, the courts gave custody of the children to their abusive father. Finally, Collins ran away with the children, and she is the first woman to be given asylum by the government of the Netherlands because of domestic violence.
Collier said that the Women’s Resource Center opened and closed Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a film screening.
“It’s an easy way for people to take in and understand domestic violence issues,” Collier said.
Junior and WRC employee Oona Friedland said she is sad to see Domestic Violence Awareness Month come to an end.
“There are still so many misconceptions about domestic violence that could be addressed,” Friedland said.
However, Friedland felt that “No Way Out But One” did a great job of shedding light on some often-unmentioned issues regarding domestic violence.
“This movie showed that the judicial system is broken,” Friedland said. “And people will find justice whether the system gives it to them or not.”
Sophomore Alia Ismail also enjoyed the documentary and the other events of the month.
“I like going to these events because they teach so much,” Ismail said.
Collier said that the WRC’s main goal is to appeal to all women on Eastern Michigan University’s campus. She felt that Domestic Violence Awareness Month successfully achieved this goal.
“We had lots of regulars at the events, as well as a few new faces every time,” Collier said.
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