Using Film to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence Featuring Intersectionality with Faith and Race

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 21, 2022

Tracy Rector
Tracy Rector 
Executive Producer, No Ordinary Love,
Former Board Chair, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, TX, Survivor / Advocate

Using art to convey a message is as old as time. But using the art of film to raise awareness of domestic violence (DV) through survivors’ stories is an innovative way to bring this issue out of the shadows and into the light. How we “talk” about DV is important whether through film, news, social media, as advocates, legislation, law enforcement, or community leaders. We must hold ourselves and others accountable to convey authentic language around the issue. Honoring DV survivors with a platform to tell their stories will help better understand their acute challenges.

The award-winning film, No Ordinary Love, portrays an authentic look at intimate partner violence through the lives of two couples and how their abusive relationships intersect with faith and race. The two abusers – a police officer and a minister – highlight the heightened danger and added angst when victims are women of faith or women of color. Research included interviewing over 20 survivors living in emergency shelter. Join this session and watch excerpts from the film to see how these survivors’ stories inspired this movie that answers the oft-asked question, “Why doesn’t she just leave?”


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Know how to use art to raise awareness with survivor stories.
  • Use authentic survivor-driven language and encourage the same with community leaders.
  • Recognize and respond to additional challenges for survivors and law enforcement when the abuser is an officer.
  • Understand how women of color face added dangers when choices are seen through a racial lens.
  • Educate faith leaders and communities about their important role on the front lines of supporting women of faith who reach out for help.

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