According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the United States. Statistics also show that one in three women and one in four men have been victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.
Michelle Green says she is taking the problem to the big screen. She is shooting a short film called “Don’t.” It features actors, who are survivors of domestic violence. The project covers two stories of domestic violence. Green says the trailer has had nearly 4,000 views and 200 shares.
“We can never stop getting the word out,” said Green, “Giving victims hope, empowers them, and hopefully gives them the strength to break free.”
Gina Roberson is a survivor who decided to share her story to inspire others to get out of an abusive relationship.
Roberson says there are a lot of factors, including financial dependence that keep women from leaving a toxic situation, but at some point, many reach a point when they have had enough.
“It took a broken rib, a black eye, and a chipped tooth,” said Roberson, “I found myself hiding in the closet, trying to to see the good in him, that you saw in the beginning.”
Green says she hopes to finish editing within a month, and she plans on entering “Don’t” into film festivals.